With Coast, Opera reboots its browser for mobile future
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What began as one person’s programming project a year and a half ago has become a major new project for Opera Software as the Norwegian company debuted its new Coast browser for iPads on Monday.
Instead of looking like a traditional browser reworked for a mobile screen, Opera’s Coast presents users with an interface that looks like what they’re more likely to be familiar with in the mobile world, said Coast project leader Huib Kleinhout. Instead of an address bar, bookmarks, and tabs, people get a home screen with grid of icons representing Web pages, a search box, and a small home button at the bottom to get back to that home screen.
“I wanted to make a browser for the Internet as it is now, not for the geeks 20 years ago,” Kleinhout said. Tablets are eating into sales of traditional personal computers, and Coast, which had been code-named Ice, is designed for that market.
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