The Opera Coast webkit-based browser for iOS was today updated to version 4.0, adding Opera Software's Turbo data compression technology to make browsing websites on the iPhone and iPad much faster on congested networks.
With Opera Turbo data compression, each website a user visits is compressed down to a fraction of its original size, which both speeds up loading times and uses less data. According to Opera, its data compression techniques are useful when browsing on slow cell phone networks or on crowded Wi-Fi hotspots. Opera Turbo is enabled by default and will kick in whenever a user is on a GPRS or Edge network.
Along with the new data compression engine for faster browsing, Opera Coast has been updated with a new "Discover" feature that lets users find interesting news. Whenever a search is opened in the Opera Coast browser, a range "the latest and greatest" articles for users to browse through will be displayed above the search box.
On the iPhone 6 Plus, there's a new widescreen layout, and the update brings support for landscape mode. There's also a new "Share" button that makes it easier for users to share content from the browser to various social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and Opera Coast supports Handoff, letting users seamlessly switch between the iOS app and Opera for Mac for the first time.