If your life is crazy busy, you most likely have become very good at using your Smartphone with one hand. You’re running through the company campus, or you’re on your way to work or a meeting and you only have one hand to use your mobile device. For many, that may not be a problem, but for most, using the smart phone with one hand can be an exercise. So when the release of Opera Touch browser was announced, we were certainly intrigued. After using the browser for two days, We’ve discovered that it has hit a particular nail square on its head. Opera Touch makes it super easy to use.
Let’s take a look at what the developers of Opera have done and why you should be using it.
- Open up the Google Play Store on your Android device.
- Search for Opera Touch.
- Locate and tap the entry by Opera.
- Tap Install.
- Allow the installation to complete.
You should now see an icon for the new browser on your homescreen or your App Drawer. Tap the icon to launch the browser.
When you first open Opera Touch, you will immediately notice what the developers have done to make working with one hand a breeze. Out of the gate, there are three elements at the ready
- Keyboard/search bar
- QR Code/Barcode scanner
If you have a QR or bar code to scan, tap the scanner button. If you want to use speech to text, tap the mic icon. If you want to enter a search string or URL, start typing. There’s no need to navigate through a menu to start working with the browser.
Wait, there is more…Say you fire up Opera and there’s already a tab open. You’ll find a menu button at the bottom of the window. Tap that button and the scanner/mic/keyboard overlay will appear.
Say you want to get to the Speed Dial screen (a feature that is on every Opera iteration). To do that, tap the X in the search bar and you’re ready to make use of any one of your Speed Dial buttons to open a site.
Of course, if you make use of Opera Touch’s Flow feature, you can tap the Flow tab to access all of your synced content. Or, tap the History button to view the sites you’ve visited. If there’s a site in your history you want to return to, simply tap the listing and you’re there.
That said, Opera Touch might well be the best laid out mobile browser for this purpose. Combine that with the Flow feature and Opera is seriously onto something. Give Opera Touch a go and see if it doesn’t wind up your default Android browser.