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Opera's Coast iOS browser gets faster, smarter and more social

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The Coast browser from Opera has come a long way since its early days on the iPhone, and it's about to get better. Not to be confused with Opera Mini, Opera Coast is a mobile browser focused on providing users quick access to their favorite websites, sporting a tile-based user interface and the ability to support multiple homes screens -- which makes it feel slightly like a mini OS. Today, Opera's bringing a few new things to the Coast app, including its trademark Turbo data-compressing tool for speedier browsing. Furthermore, Opera Coast is getting a Discover feature that easily finds stories related to the topics you're searching for, while a newly added button lets you share those links with friends on email, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. To round things up, Coast is now friendly with Apple's Continuity trait when browsing, allowing you to pick up right where you left off from any device, so long as you're on iOS 8 and have Handoff enabled.

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"Most mobile browsers look and behave the same. Except Opera Coast, which doesn't have outdated UI clutter," an Opera spokesperson said when asked about the benefits of using Coast over other browsers. "Opera Coast makes it possible to dive into the open, mobile web when you don't know what you're looking for looking for. That's a whole new way of using a browser." But, more importantly, what do you think? Have you tried it? Let us in on your thoughts in the comments.

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