Opera Touch: Browser with cryptocurrency mining protection

Otello Corporation has launched a new Android browser called Opera Touch. The new application has a different UI than Opera desktop/Mini. It protects your phone by preventing the execution of website code that initiates cryptocurrency mining on a smartphone.

Otello has published the browser on the Play Store only. According to Otello, IOS version of OT is in the pipeline. The app supports Android 4.4+ operating systems. It consumes 13.05 megabytes storage memory.

Is OT a safe browser? Is it a good alternative to Firefox, Chrome or UC? Here’s my honest review of Opera Touch

Interface

Opera Touch browser’s main interface boasts the following three tabs:

My Flow

My Flow is a feature that allows users to sync tabs/share pages between a mobile device and a computer. It also enables users to leave short notes to themselves. The great thing about this feature is that you don’t have to register an account or verify your phone number to use it.

To get started with My Flow, install the Opera browser on the PC. Then, open the desktop browser and select the My Flow option. The browser will now display a QR code. Scan the code with inbuilt QR code reader of the OT app.

My Flow interface is similar to that of a messaging app. Opera Touch’s settings interface has an option to clear the information displayed in the My Flow section.

Home

Home is the most important section of Opera Touch. It boasts an address bar that allows you to find information on Google. The address bar supports autocomplete feature. The browser displays the favicons of the websites they visit the most on the home interface (just below the address bar).

History

Like other mobile browsers, Opera Touch allows you to see the list of websites you’ve visited in the past. The list is categorized by date. To delete the search or page browsing history, open the setting’s panel.

Opera Touch

Other features of the Opera Touch browser

Cryptocurrency mining protection: Some websites can use the phone’s system resources i.e. processor, GPU or RAM to generate digital currency. To block this activity of the websites, turn on the Cryptocurrency protection feature of Opera Touch.

Ad blocking: Want to get rid of ads in Opera Touch? Open the setting’s interface and select the Ad-blocking option. The built-in ad blocker of the new browser works like a charm. It not only removes ads from pages but also prevents anti adblockers from displaying annoying popups/blocking page content.

Smart tab management: Instead of bloating the main interface with new tabs, Opera Touch hides the tabs which aren’t in the user’s view. To access the hidden tabs, the user must tap the menu icon. Then, they must choose the “Tabs” option. If you want the tabs in front of you, visit the Opera Touch setting’s interface and tap the “New tabs” option. Now, you’ll see the following two options on the screen:

  1. Open in foreground.
  2. Open in background.

Select option 2. That’s it!

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Things I liked about the Opera Touch browser (Pros)

Tab management: The browser doesn’t consume a large amount of RAM when you open multiple tabs.

Tab syncing: OT’s My Flow tool enables you to share pages/links between a PC and a smartphone. You can use My Flow as a bookmarking utility.

Interface: The UI of the OT Android browser app is light, dynamic, and fast. The top websites and history sections of the app are updated in real-time.

Flash support: OT supports Adobe flash technology. It won’t ask you to install a flash plugin when you open a page that has a flash based media player.

Cons

  • No option to change the default search engine.
  • The app crashes when you try to access a previously visited page in offline mode.
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Conclusion: OT is a powerful browser with crytocurrency mining protection and a built-in ad blocker. It is user-friendly and fast.

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