Opera's latest iOS browser wants to replace your news app

Opera Coast's news feature could have you ditching Apple News or Flipboard.

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Jon Fingas
December 3, 2015 3:00 AM
Opera's latest iOS browser wants to replace your news app

As helpful as apps like Apple News or Flipboard might be for catching up on the day's events, they can still be a bit of a hassle. After all, you have to switch apps the moment you want to surf the web on your own terms. Opera thinks it can save the day, though: it's releasing a new version of Opera Coast for iOS with a "for you" feature that brings personalized news to your browser. Visit your home screen and you'll get aggregated articles from favorite sites without having to switch apps or look for them yourself. If you're on an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, you can even peek at those stories with a finger press.

The move isn't that shocking. While Apple clearly doesn't mind if you skip Safari in favor of its news app, web browsing is still Opera's bread and butter -- it wants you to fire up Coast as often as possible. While the merger of a general browser with news is certainly convenient, it could also be crucial to keeping Opera relevant in a world where numerous apps are vying for your attention.

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