Vivaldi browser for mobile goes live in beta

Joanna Estrada
September 10, 2019

Vivaldi, the cross-platform Web browser that is popular on desktop platforms, has now reached Android.

Vivaldi Beta is finally available for Android handsets via Google Play and it definitely does not look like a piece of code that is not mature yet.

Another feature lets users switch search engines by typing customizable nicknames into the address bar, such as "d" for DuckDuckGo or "g" for Google.

The privacy-focused browser will be available for Android version 5 and up. As far as sync goes between the two versions, as per TechCrunch, Vivaldi says that it doesn't use Google's servers (in case you were anxious about being tracked by the big G).

No profiles are built and in terms of features, the parent company wants the desktop browser to feel just like the desktop sibling, which means you're getting features that have until now been exclusive to PCs, like panels, speed dial, notes, and capturing screenshots.

Cross-device secure sync of passwords, Bookmarks, Notes, and more.

You can nest bookmarks into folders that show up on the new tab screen for easy access.

To let you open a website on multiple tabs, Vivaldi on Android comes with a Clone Tab option that is available from the main menu. Vivaldi has inbuilt notes feature. Furthermore, the editor allows you to add checklists, agenda items, or jot down some pointers - all alongside browsing the Web.

You also get some more convenient features like built-in screenshot functionality along with full-length scrolling screenshots for webpages; Reader View for distraction-free reading.

Users will also be able to sync their bookmarks, Speed Dials, passwords, autofill information, and other information between desktop and mobile versions of the browser.

Additionally, the encrypted sync system doesn't use Google servers and no data is sent to the search giant.

And of course, since it is 2019, Vivaldi also comes with a dark theme in addition to the light theme. "This beta is our way of saying "thanks" for your continued support and patience", said Vivaldi co-founder and CEO Jon von Tetzchner in a blog post.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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