Vivaldi 2.10 is out with compatibility improvements

A new version of the Vivaldi web browser was released on December 19, 2019. Vivaldi 2.10 features compatibility improvements and usability enhancements.

Vivaldi 2.10 is already available as an in-browser update. Vivaldi users may select Menu > Help > Check for updates to run a manual update check or wait until the new version is pushed to the device automatically.

The new version of Vivaldi is also available on the official company website for all supported operating systems.

Tip: find out how to speed up the Vivaldi web browser.

Vivaldi 2.10

vivaldi 2.10

Vivaldi Technologies noticed that some sites on the Internet would block access to the Vivaldi browser outright or modify functionality instead; this is caused by sites using user-agent sniffing to determine the browser that is connecting to the site.

Vivaldi is based on Chromium and it should work on all sites that Chrome and other Chromium browsers work on. While that is the case, some sites did block Vivaldi in the past nevertheless.

To improve compatibility, Vivaldi engineers decided to drop the Vivaldi part of the user agent string to prevent sites from discriminating against the browser.

Vivaldi uses the classic user agent only on a certain number of sites including several search engines and the company’s own website.

The latest Windows version of Vivaldi returns the following user agent at the time of writing:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/79.0.3945.94 Safari/537.36

Vivaldi created a video that explains the concept further:

Another new feature in Vivaldi 2.10 introduces support for matching the browser user interface to the color scheme used by the operating system. The feature needs to be enabled under Settings > Themes > Scheduled Themes > Use Operating System Theme so that any pre-installed or custom theme may be used in light or dark mode.

The last stable Vivaldi release of 2019 features a number of additional improvements. The browser’s Quick Commands feature should perform better than before. Additionally, users may notice address bar and extensions improvements (toggle) in the new browser version.

As is the case with every Vivaldi release, the browser’s core has been updated to a new Chromium version.

Closing Words

User agent sniffing is abused in this day and age, sometimes by large Internet companies that operate browsers of their own. The change should improve compatibility significantly and reduce the likelihood of Vivaldi users running into sites that don’t load properly or block access outright.

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Vivaldi releases second Beta of its Android browser

Vivaldi Technologies, the company behind the Vivaldi web browser, released the second Beta of the upcoming Vivaldi mobile browser for Android on December 5, 2019.

The company released the first, long-awaited, version of its Android browser back in September and has been working on improvements since then.

The new version is already available on Google Play. Users who have installed the previous beta may notice that it is updated automatically eventually; users who don’t want to wait can force the update in the Google Play application or the browser’s Play Store webpage.

vivaldi beta 2 android

Vivaldi Beta 2 for Android is a big update that introduces new features and changes to the mobile browser. As is the case with most Vivaldi updates, a lot of development time went into improving the browser’s usability.

Users of the Android version of Vivaldi find a whole assortment of new features in the Settings:

  • Swipe to close tab — Can be enabled in the Settings to quickly close open tabs in the Tab Switcher by swiping them to the left or right of the screen.
  • Show scrollbars on internal pages — The option displays scrollbars on Vivaldi’s internal pages which provides a position indicator.
  • Always show desktop site — When enabled, tries to load the desktop version of visited sites automatically instead of mobile pages.

But there is more. It is now possible to delete all bookmarks and notes marked for deletion with a single tap on the “empty trash” icon.

The browser’s Start page received several improvements as well. Vivaldi added drag & drop support to the Speed Dials to allow them to be rearranged by the user. A long-tap displays a context menu with options such as edit or delete, and a tap on the plus icon adds a new Speed Dial to the current folder.

The Vivaldi Search widget may be placed on the home screen to run searches directly from it (without opening Vivaldi first).

Additionally, there is support for running the beta 2 of the browser on Chromebooks, improved stability, and thinner icons in the UI.

Closing Words

It is too early to give a final verdict but if Vivaldi Technologies manages to add as many features and options to the Android version as it has added to the desktop version, it could easily become as successful. Not all Internet users want customizations and options but those who do, may have something to look forward to.

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Vivaldi 2.9 launches with performance and usability improvements

Vivaldi Technologies released Vivaldi 2.9, a new version of the company’s web browser, to the public on October 30, 2019. The new version comes just a month after the release of the first Android version of the web browser.

Existing installations of Vivaldi should pick up the new version thanks to the browser’s built-in automatic updating systems. The new version of the Vivaldi web browser is also available on the official company website for all supported operating systems.

Vivaldi 2.9

Vivaldi engineers improved the browser’s performance in the release. One of the main criticism leveled against the browser was that it did not feel as snappy as many other desktop browsers. Users of the browser should notice an improvement when opening and closing tabs in the browser; the process should “feel much snappier” in the new release. A quick test confirmed that performance is better in the new version.

Vivaldi 2.9 includes a new global site permission setting that users of the browser may use to control notification behavior. The default behavior of the browser remains unchanged: Vivaldi displays a prompt to the user if a website requests access to notifications. Users may then allow or deny the request.

vivaldi default notification permission

The new global permission may be used to change the default behavior to either block or allow.

  1. Select Vivaldi > Tools > Settings > Webpages to open the configuration page.
  2. Locate “default permissions” on the page and there “Notifications”.
  3. Switch from the default Ask to either Allow or Block. The former allows any notification request (not advised), the latter blocks them all without showing a user prompt.

The new version of Vivaldi comes with Vivaldi Menu improvements. A click on the Vivaldi icon in the interface opens the Vivaldi Menu. It features new entries and improvements to others:

  1. You may right-click on Bookmarks in the menu now (under Vivaldi > Bookmarks) to get a context menu with options such as opening the bookmark in a private window or new browser tab.
  2. An option to show or hide the tab bar under View.
  3. The list of Web Panels configured in the browser is now accessible under View > Web Panels.
  4. A new bug reporting option under Help.

Vivaldi 2.9 features several other changes. Users on Mac OS X, especially those who have older machines that are not that powerful benefit from video playback improvements. Users from CJK regions (China Japan Korea) benefit from IME improvements in the release.

Closing Words

Vivaldi Technologies continues to add (mostly) usability improvements to the browser. The improved performance in the release addresses one of the main points of criticism.

Now You: Have you tried Vivaldi recently? What is your take on the browser?

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Web Browser Vivaldi 2.8 has been released

Norwegian company Vivaldi Technologies released a new version of the company’s Vivaldi web browser on September 20, 2019 to the public.

Vivaldi 2.8 is an update for the desktop web browser that improves the browser’s synchronization functionality to better support the recently released Android version of Vivaldi.

Vivaldi released the first Android version in September 2019 as a beta app with some handy features such as the improved tab switching interface or note taking functionality.

The mobile browser was a much requested feature by the Vivaldi community. Sync has been built-into the mobile browser from the get-go to synchronize data between different devices.

Vivaldi users may sync data between multiple Android devices but also between desktop and Android devices to ensure that their personal data is always available regardless of device they are using.

Vivaldi 2.8

vivaldi 2.8 sync

Vivaldi Technologies highlights synchronization improvements as the main new feature in Vivaldi 2.8.

With Vivaldi’s new version on desktop, users can expect improvements across the board while navigating on their devices. Users can now take Vivaldi – and their Bookmarks and Speed Dials, saved passwords and autofill information, History (with only typed URLs) and uniquely Notes – everywhere.

Users can sign-up for a free Vivaldi account to use the sync functionality. All it takes then is to sign-in under Vivaldi Menu > Settings > Sync to synchronize data between devices.

Tip: you get a Vivaldi email account when you sign-up for an account. While there is little information on the promised email client at this point, it is still probable that Vivaldi will introduce it in the future (similar to how classic Opera featured a built-in email client).

Vivaldi 2.8 features additional improvements; engineers resolved several bugs and issues and “polished” some rough edges. The company notes that Vivaldi 2.8 should feel a lot “snappier and efficient”. The entire changelog is listed on the official Vivaldi Blog post.

The Chromium version that Vivaldi is based on was upgraded to version 77.0.3865.78.

Closing Words

Making sure that sync works fine and without any issues is one of the most important steps after the release of the first Android version of Vivaldi. Vivaldi users may sync some or all browsing data between devices to have access to the data on desktop and mobile Android devices.

Next milestone is the release of a stable version of Vivaldi for Android.

Now You: Have you used Vivaldi recently?

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Vivaldi releases Vivaldi mobile browser for Android

Vivaldi Technologies released a first public version of the long awaited mobile version of the Vivaldi browser for Google’s Android operating system today.

The mobile version of the Vivaldi Browser is released as a full featured beta version that Android users may download to their devices. The browser is compatible with Android version 5 and up.

Tip: check out Vivaldi browser and privacy, and our interview with the Vivaldi CEO.

Vivaldi for Android

vivaldi for android

Vivaldi for Android displays the URL bar and the Vivaldi menu at the top, and another menu at the bottom. The bottom menu lists the open tabs, back and forward buttons, search/open new tab page, and bookmarks.

The browser’s new tab page lists Speed Dial folder groups at the top and below that bookmarks or recently visited sites. The browser comes with a set of default speed dials on the page which you can remove using the bookmarks manager. You may add your own set of pages manually to the page as well.

Vivaldi for Android supports syncing. Sign-in with your Vivaldi account to sync data between all Vivaldi installations on any of your devices. New users may sign-up to create a free account and enable syncing in the process. Existing data is synced between desktop and mobile versions of the browser so that users may access their bookmarks, passwords and other data right away in the mobile version of Vivaldi.

Vivaldi for Android supports a number of search engines from the get-go. You may switch the default search engine in the Settings to Google, Qwant, Startpage, DuckDuckGo, Bing, or Ecosia among others, and may block access to locations, notifications, or sound for them right from the search engine preferences page. I could not find a way to add custom search engines to Vivaldi but the selection is better than that of Google Chrome.

Each search engine has a keyword associated with it that you may use to run searches on it from the address bar.

Settings

The settings provide a lot of options. Apart from managing passwords, sync, payment methods, addresses, and notifications, you may enable a light or dark theme, configure privacy settings, or site specific settings.

You can disable page predictions, access to payment methods, search and URL suggestions, and navigation error suggestions in the privacy settings. An option to clear the browsing data is provided there as well.

Performance

The browser is fast and robust, even as a beta version. I experienced no crashes during use and pages loaded quickly and without issues. The browser is based on Chromium just like the desktop version of the Vivaldi browser and many other browsers including Google Chrome.

Using Vivaldi for Android

vivaldi android

Vivaldi works for the most part just like other Chromium-based mobile browsers. Run a search from the address bar or enter a URL directly to load the page.

The developers have added several nice to have features to the mobile browser that sets it apart. As far as tabs are concerned, you find a handy clone tab option attached to the main menu to quickly create copies of the open tab.

The tab switcher displays a visual representation of open tabs when you activate it. Activate any to jump to the tab or manage tabs from there. Options include closing open tabs quickly, manage private tabs, or display tabs open on another device for quick access.

The new Vivaldi browser supports a number of handy tools. Select Menu > Capture Page to take a screenshot of the activate page — full page and visible area screenshots are supported. Screenshots are saved to the local system automatically once you give Vivaldi permission to do so.

Note taking is built-in as well. Open the Bookmarks and select Notes to get started. If you have enabled sync you will find all your existing notes in the interface. Tap on the new note icon to write a new note.

Access to notes is a bit hidden as you may only access it in the bookmarks. An option to access notes from the main menu or new tab page would certainly be appreciated by many users.

Vivaldi supports Reading Mode, a special display mode for websites that puts the focus solely on articles and news by removing clutter from webpages.

Closing Words

The release of Vivaldi for Android is a major step for Vivaldi Technologies. Vivaldi users with Android devices may download and use the browser, and sync data between mobile versions and desktop version.  A tablet UI is in the works and will be released in the future.

The beta version of Vivaldi for Android worked well during tests. I wish the developers would add more distinguishing factors to the browser but considering that it is a beta release, it is off to a good start.

Now You: Which mobile browser do you use? Have you tried Vivaldi for Android?

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Vivaldi 2.7 is out: here is what is new

Vivaldi Technologies released Vivaldi 2.7, a new stable version of the company’s Vivaldi web browser, on August 21, 2019 to the public. The new release refines features of the web browser and marks the beginning of the end of the unique user ID in the browser.

Existing Vivaldi installations may be upgraded to the new Vivaldi 2.7 using the browser’s built-in update functionality.  Users need to select Vivaldi Menu > Help > Check for Updates to run a manual check for updates. Vivaldi will download and install the update automatically.

Vivaldi 2.7 is also available as a direct download on the Vivaldi Technologies website. Just head over to the website to download the latest version to the local system.

Vivaldi 2.7: What is new

vivaldi 2.7 mute tab

Vivaldi 2.7 features a number of improvements that should make day-to-day use for users of the browser better. One of the new features adds the popular Mute Tab option to the browser’s tab controls.

Right-click on any tab and select the new Mute Tab option from the context menu to mute the underlying tab’s audio playback right away. You may even use it in advance, e.g. by opening a New Tab and selecting the Mute Tab option to mute any page that you open in that tab later on.

The feature complements the already available “mute other tabs” option of the browser.

The Vivaldi browser plays audio in any tab by default but you may change the default behavior in the browser’s Settings (use Ctrl-P or Vivaldi Menu to open) > Tabs > Tab Features.

There you may switch the default to “play only in active tab” or “prioritize active tab” instead”.

Google introduced Mute Tab support in the company’s Chrome browser but removed it in 2017. Chrome users may mute sites in the browser using native controls; browser extensions need to be installed to restore the tab muting functionality. The Firefox web browser supports the muting of tabs.

Other new features in Vivaldi 2.7

vivaldi-create desktop shortcut profile

  • Windows users may create desktop shortcuts that load specific profiles automatically; this is a faster option to start the Vivaldi browser with a specific profile. Just open the Edit Person option and check the new “create desktop shortcut” option that is displayed.
  • There is a new toggle in Settings > Webpages > Plugins to enable Flash.
  • Vivaldi 2.7 displays loading information in the status bar to keep users informed. The browser displays the current loading status, e.g. “processing request”, “waiting for”, or “establishing secure connection” in the status bar.
  • Stability improvements in Vivaldi for Mac OS X.

Closing Words

Vivaldi continues to improve the browser to give users more options and choice when it comes to using it. Tab muting or desktop shortcuts to launch the browser with specific profiles may not be groundbreaking features, but they extend functionality and add more choice to the browser.

Now You: Have you tried Vivaldi lately?

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Vivaldi to stop using unique user IDs in upcoming versions of the browser

Vivaldi’s Julien Picalausa revealed in a new post on the official Vivaldi Blog that the company will stop using unique user IDs in upcoming versions of the web browser.

The company uses the unique user ID for user counting; the use if unique IDs, regardless of the purpose of using it, is always met by privacy concerns. The main reason for that is that unique IDs may be used to create user profiles, track users, or identify users especially if other data is available.

Companies like Vivaldi rely on data for a variety of reasons: from prioritizing development to better understanding the user base. Vivaldi is open about its business model and accurate user numbers help with the company’s main monetization model partner deals.

Tip: check out our review of the Vivaldi browser here.

vivaldi 2.6 user profiles

Vivaldi has been aware of user concerns in regards to the use of a unique ID to count users and started to work on an alternative user counting function several months ago which it plans to use in desktop versions of the Vivaldi browser and the upcoming Android version.

The process to migrate away from using the unique ID begins with the release of the next stable version of the web browser, Vivaldi 2.7. Vivaldi Technologies won’t remove the unique ID in that build as it still needs it to verify that the new implementation is as accurate as the old.

Vivaldi 2.7 introduces the new counting method that does not use a unique ID. The company plans to remove the old user counting request from the browser “a few versions later” and remove the unique ID entirely “even later”.  Vivaldi notes that the browser will continue to generate a unique ID but that it will be used locally only to count on computers with several installations.  The company plans to release the source code of the new method.

The new user counting method in a nutshell

Vivaldi plans to use the following method instead to count users:

  • Send a request once per day to the server to count user numbers for 24 hour periods.
  • Send requests once per week or month to get weekly or monthly numbers.

The Vivaldi browser will send additional information that Vivaldi requires next to that:

  • When new users run the browser for the first time to get new user numbers.
  • The number of days in which Vivaldi was prevented from reporting (e.g. not run) to get a better picture of returning users.
  • The CPU architecture and screen resolution.

Closing Words

It will take months before Vivaldi will stop submitting the unique ID to company servers. Vivaldi 2.7 will be out soon but the ID won’t be removed until a “couple of releases later”. New releases need between one and two months of development time suggesting that the change might make it in a Vivaldi version released at the end of the year or beginning of next year.

Now You: What is your (general) take on the use of unique user IDs? (via Techdows)

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Vivaldi 2.6 is out featuring abusive advertisement blocking

Vivaldi Technologies released a new version of the company’s Vivaldi web browser on June 20, 2019. The new Vivaldi 2.6 version introduces a native content blocking mechanism and includes new customization options.

Vivaldi 2.6 is available already via the browser’s automatic update functionality. Just select Vivaldi Menu > Help > Check for Updates to run a check for updates. The browser should pick up the new version automatically and install it on the system.

The new Vivaldi release is available as a direct download on the official company website as well. You can check the installed version by selecting Vivaldi Menu > Help > About Vivaldi.

Vivaldi 2.6: What is new

The big new feature in Vivaldi 2.6 is support for ad-blocking on abusive sites. The feature is enabled by default; it uses Google’s blocklist to determine whether to block advertisement on sites but hosts it on its own server for improved privacy as Vivaldi installations will retrieve the Vivaldi-hosted version when updates are available and not the version hosted by Google.

Abusive experiences that result in blocked advertisement include misleading behavior, site history manipulations, fake messages, auto-redirects, and others.

vivaldi content blocking

Vivaldi users may disable the feature under Settings > Privacy > Content Blocking, e.g. when they run a full content blocker already in the browser.

The blocklist takes care of some of the worst experiences related to advertisement on the Internet. It needs to be noted, however, that it won’t block all advertisement encountered on the Internet.

Check out our initial coverage of abusive ad blocking in Vivaldi here.

User Profile improvements

vivaldi 2.6 user profiles

Vivaldi introduced support for user profiles in version 2.4 of the browser released in March 2019. Vivaldi 2.6 improves the feature in several ways. It is now possible to create multiple user profiles in a single Vivaldi installation directly.

Vivaldi users who don’t sign in to a Vivaldi account get options to update avatars, add and delete profiles in the popup, and to edit the avatar in the popup.

Other improvements in Vivaldi 2.6

Vivaldi 2.6 features other improvements that improve the browser in one way or another. Here is a short list of what is new:

  • Performance improvements — Users who work with a lot of tabs should notice performance improvements in the new release.
  • Saved Passwords filter — Settings > Privacy and filter features an option to filter by account name or website.
  • Unread Tabs — The Window Panel displays the number of unread tabs (opened in background) as a badge.
  • Find in Page — You may use Ctrl-Enter to open any link that the on-page search finds.
  • Search favicon in search field — The favicon of the selected search engine is displayed now in the search field for easier identification.
  • Razer Chroma headphone devices support addedRazer Chroma support was introduced in Vivaldi 2.5.

 

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Vivaldi 2.6 will block abusive advertisement by default

Vivaldi Technologies is working hard on getting Vivaldi 2.6 out to the browser’s stable channel. The most recent Vivaldi 2.6 snapshot introduces several new features in the browser including one that will block abusive advertisement practices by default.

Vivaldi, which is based on Chromium, uses the same blocklist that Google uses for its Chrome web browser.

Google started to integrate ad-blocking functionality in Chrome for Android in mid-July 2017 and introduced the functionality in desktop versions of the browser in February 2018.

Most ad-blockers make no distinction between different types of advertisement or how it is served. There are some solutions that allow some ads to pass through, AdBlock Plus being the prime example with its acceptable ads initiative, and Google’s implementation follows a similar methodology. Instead of blocking all ads, Google, an advertising company first and foremost, blocks only some ads in Chrome based on certain criteria.

On desktop for example, popup ads or auto-playing video ads get blocked, and so is content or advertisement that Google considers abusive.

Vivaldi 2.6 and abusive experience protectionsvivaldi block ads

Vivaldi 2.6 will block advertisement that is considered abusive. The browser uses Google’s blocklist to make the determination. Google lists the following experiences as abusive at the time of writing:

  • Fake Messages, e.g. warnings or system dialogs.
  • Unexpected click areas, e.g. non-visible page elements.
  • Misleading site behavior, e.g. ads that use play buttons or next arrows.
  • Browser history manipulation, e.g. when sites inject content into the history.
  • Social engineering, e.g. ads that try to steal personal information or try to trick users.
  • Auto redirect, e.g. sites that redirect users without action from the user.
  • Mouse pointer, e.g. content that resembles a clicking mouse pointer to get users to interact with it.
  • Malware or unwanted software, sites that host, promote, or link to malware or unwanted software.

Vivaldi’s developers could not just use Google’s implementation because the blocklist that Chrome uses was not provided to the developers in the same way that Chrome uses it. The Vivaldi developers maintain a copy of the blocklist on the Vivaldi servers, and it is that copy that the browser uses to block abusive advertisement experiences.

Vivaldi Technologies has no control over the list, however. It is created and maintained by Google. Vivaldi users may disable the new feature in the following way once Vivaldi 2.6 lands:

  1. Select Vivaldi Menu > Tools > Settings, or use Alt-P to open the Preferences using the shortcut.
  2. Switch to the Privacy section.
  3. Remove the checkmark from Block ads on abusive violating sites. This turns the functionality off in the Vivaldi browser.

You can download the Vivaldi 2.6 snapshot directly from the Vivaldi website for all supported versions of the web browser.

Closing Words

Vivaldi protecting users against abusive experiences is a welcome addition. Users who don’t want to be exposed to any ads can still use ad-blockers to block these.

Now You: What is your take on the development?

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Vivaldi 2.5 released featuring Razer Chroma support

Vivaldi Technologies released Vivaldi 2.5, a new version of the company’s desktop web browser, to the public on May 8, 2019.

The new browser version extends Vivaldi’s support for home and entertainment devices; it adds support for Razer Chroma devices. Support for Philips Hue devices was added in Vivaldi 1.5 which was released in November 2016.

Vivaldi users who run the web browser on their devices already may run a manual check for updates if the update is not picked up automatically at this point. All that needs to be done is to select Vivaldi Menu > Help > Check for Updates to run a manual check. The browser should pick up the new version at this point to download and install it on the device.

The new Vivaldi 2.5 version is also available as a standalone download on the official Vivaldi website.

Vivaldi 2.5

vivaldi razer chroma integration

The big new feature in Vivaldi 2.5 is support for Razer Chroma devices. Razer Chroma brings “immersive lighting effects” to devices that support it. Basically, what it does is change the background lighting or ambient lighting of Chrome devices such as keyboards or mice. Chrome is compatible with Philips Hue devices as well to increase the effect even further.

Vivaldi’s integration changes the lighting of Chroma devices based on the websites that you visit. It picks a dominant color on a site, e.g. blue, and changes the lighting of Chroma devices to the same color.

Razer Chroma users who use the Vivaldi browsers may enable the feature under Settings > Themes. There they find options to enable Razer Chroma integration in the Vivaldi browser, and to enable it on individual device categories such as keyboards, mouse mats, or mice.

Here is a demo video by Vivaldi that highlights the new feature:

Vivaldi 2.5 features new Speed Dial tile sizing options. Speed Dial refers to the browser’s new tab page. You may change the default size of Speed Dial icons under Settings > Start Page > Speed Dial.

Available options are tiny, small, large, huge, default, and scale to fit columns. Tiny and small push more speed dial tiles on the visible portion of the New Tab Page so that you may access more without scrolling. The larger sizes displays fewer but may improve visibility or accessibility.

vivaldi different speed dial sizes

The third and final functional addition to Vivaldi adds new tab selection options to the browser. The new commands, available via Quick Commands, keyboard shortcuts, or mouse gestures, add previous, next and related tab selection options to the browser.

Vivaldi 2.5 comes with a large number of under-the-hood improvements and bug fixes. You can check out the entire changelog on the official website. Check out our in depth Vivaldi review as well.

Closing Words

Vivaldi is adding features to the browser that distinguish it from other browsers. Some may say that these have limited use as most Vivaldi users may not have the required devices — Philips Hue or Razer Chroma — to take advantage of these features.

I think it is a valid strategy provided that Vivaldi does not forget to deliver features that the majority of users find useful or may attract new users to the browser. We are still waiting for an Android client and mail support.

Now You: What is your take on Vivaldi?

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