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Opera Touch keeps your phone and PC in perfect browsing sync

The all-new browser for mobile is Opera Touch which boasts some nifty features like being designed to be used with one hand, a built-in ad blocker, instant web search and the ability to learn which websites you visit most and adjust your speed dial recommendations accordingly.

But it's Opera Flow which is perhaps most interesting, especially to folks who like to use the Opera desktop browser, because it makes it super simple to keep your PC and mobile browsing in perfect harmony.

According to Opera's US survey, 69 percent of smartphone users don't use their browser's syncing features. Additionally, 65 percent of users resort to emailing or sending messages to themselves or their loved ones just to save the links to important websites or to later access them on their PCs. That's because syncing is often too problematic and takes as much as 13 steps to setup.

In Opera's case, enabling Flow simply involves scanning a QR code on your phone and then the magic happens. You have a dedicated section in your browsers, "Your Flow," where you can send content that will automatically then appear on the other device.

Importantly, Flow is also end-to-end encrypted and works completely independently of whichever operating system you prefer to use. As long as it's not iOS, because initially Opera Touch isn't available there.

The desktop browser is also being updated along with the new mobile version, with a couple of additional bits besides just Flow. One of these is instant search, so now all you need do is hit alt+space at any time, start typing and you're searching.

Opera Touch is also always ready for search, and with its FAB (fast action button) search and recent shortcuts are always within a thumbs reach.

Opera Touch, Flow and the latest version of the desktop browser should be available to download today from Google Play (opens in new tab) and the Opera website respectively.

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

  • Damn. I was getting really excited, but then I remembered that no one cares about Windows Phone anymore. :(
  • I feel so sorry. I do love that OS :(
  • Building a new browser that supports Windows phones would be the very definition of a waste of time right now. Just cold facts.
  • Surely not as good a definition as reading Ol' Nads' book?
  • try monument browser
    it's jam packed with features
  • Remember when WM6 had Opera 12 and when you could hack your WP7 to run the same Opera 12? Good times
  • How is that any easier than Chrome? Actually sounds harder. I thought it was just going to automatically make your tabs always the same on every device. That would be a simple solution.
  • Messy solution though, frankly. Speaking from my own daily experience, I've usually got like a dozen tabs open in Chrome at once relating to work. I don't want those then sending to my phone all the time clogging up my mobile browser. Folks often work differently on PC to mobile and just want to be able to easily send stuff between the two. Kinda like Microsoft's continue on PC feature.
  • I still prefer Quantum, Edge and Chrome browsers.
  • Opera for life. Superior to all.
  • uhh what's left... Vivaldi!! the best!