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You can now get Vivaldi on Android

By Koh Wanzi - on 9 Sep 2019, 4:00pm

You can now get Vivaldi on Android

Image Source: Vivaldi

Vivaldi is arriving on Android today, joining the likes of Chrome, Opera, and Firefox in offering mobile browsers. Created by Jon von Tetzchner, the co-founder and former CEO of Opera Software, Vivaldi first launched in 2016 as a highly customisable browser for power users. 

It has continued to add features along the way, most recently becoming the first web browser to support Razer Chroma integration.

The Android version is launching in beta, but Vivaldi says it already comes with a whole host of features, including things like Panels, Speed dials, Notes, and Capture, with more to come later on. There's even support for dark and light themes right from the outset.

In addition, Vivaldi wanted the mobile app to retain the familiar look and feel of its desktop counterpart. For example, one of the first things mobile users will see when they launch Vivaldi is Speed Dials, just like they do on desktop.

Image Source: Vivaldi

The Panels icon in the bottom left provides quick access to Bookmarks, History, Notes, and Downloads, while the Tab Switcher on the right lets you switch between regular, private, and synced tabs. 

You'll also be able to switch search engines on-the-fly, a unique feature for a mobile browser. The browser comes with a few pre-installed search engines, such as DuckDuckGo and of course Google. 

The company is placing a big emphasis on its privacy credentials as well. For instance, its Sync feature is end-to-end encrypted and does not use to Google Sync server. This means no data is sent to Google, and the encryption happens on your device. That said, you can synchronise browsing data between installations of Vivaldi on different devices and choose what data to sync. So if you want to sync your Bookmarks and Speed Dials but leave out saved passwords and autofill information, you'll be able to do just that. 

Image Source: Vivaldi

One particularly useful feature is the ability to capture screenshots of entire webpages. The browser comes with a built-in capture tool, and you can decide whether you want to capture the full page or just the visible area. 

You can download the beta version for yourself right here

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