Vivaldi Browser on Android gets support for custom ad blocking lists and better one-handed usability
Android has no shortage of good browser options — there’s Chrome, Firefox, Kiwi, Brave, Opera and so many more that we couldn’t possibly list all of them. Most users need exactly one browser on their phone, which very likely already comes with two browsers pre-installed. Even then, having more options at hand is always a welcome move, and having more competition in the mix spurs everyone to continue innovating. Popular desktop browser Vivaldi made its way to Android last year, and over time, it has been updated with more features. The latest update to Vivaldi Browser on Android brings over support for custom ad-blocking lists and better one-handed usability.
After its release last year, Vivaldi has been updated with features like swipe to close tabs, start page customizations, DuckDuckGo’s Tracker Radar integration, and even dark mode for web content. Vivaldi v3.2 update now allows users to enable and manage several blocking lists in the Tracker and Ad Blocker, and even add their own custom lists of websites they want to block or unblock while browsing online.
The addition of blocking lists and custom lists gives users more choice in how they want their web data tracked and collected as well as the ads that are displayed. The blocking lists pre-installed within Vivaldi contains many widely used tracker URLs, and the browser stops requests to those URLs before they are sent. But users can easily enable and disable these with the settings presented. There are also country-specific listed sources, if you are looking for that. Importing and adding custom lists is also fairly simple. Further, users can also enable or disable blocking for specific websites according to their preference and manage the blocking levels per site from the Address field or the Settings.
The bottom bar on Vivaldi browser now offers more visual consistency. More options have been migrated from the top bar to the bottom bar, making it easier to use the browser one-handed. Users can now also view and switch between normal, private, synced, and close tabs from the bottom.