Opera Mini browser comes to Samsung Gear S

The Samsung Gear S has got its first web browser!

Opera Mini has just come to the device, making it the first browser on a Tizen-based smartwatch.

The browser has been optimised for use on a smaller screen. The website shortcuts on Opera Mini’s Speed Dial appear as large buttons, making them easier to press, so you can reach your favourites in one tap, for example.

You navigate just like on a smartphone: double-tap or pinch to zoom, and swipe left and right to go forward and back a page respectively.

You can see the sites you visited most frequently on the Smart Page feature, while a number of suggested links for further reading are also displayed by category. Add your social media networks to the Smart Page, and you’ll have quick access to your news feeds.

Webpages can be saved for offline reading, too. Handy if you’re getting on the Tube.

It should run super quick. Thanks to Opera’s data-saving tech, it shrinks the size of webpages to as little as 10 per cent of their actual size, so image-heavy sites load without delay. This will also mean you can still browse without a hitch in areas where mobile reception is sketchy.

Opera Mini is now available to download for free from Samsung Gear Apps.

The Gear S features a large, 2-inch screen that’s curved to fit your wrist. It also has 3G built in, so you can make calls from it without needing your phone.

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