Vivaldi browser launches on Android with DuckDuckGo’s Tracker Radar integrated
With nearly 3 million apps on the Google Play Store, Android users are spoiled for choices across all major verticals. When it comes to web browsers, users get a myriad of options besides the pre-installed web browser or Google Chrome. Another player in this landscape is the Vivaldi Browser, which was developed by Opera Browser’s co-creator after their exit from the company. Vivaldi originally launched for desktop ecosystems in 2016 with a focus on customization, privacy, and agility. This was followed by a beta release on Android last year, which received a supplemental update in December. Now, the first stable version of Vivaldi Browser is rolling out on the Google Play Store.
Vivaldi Browser abides by the minimal design language adopted by the desktop version. Besides simplified UI including features like the desktop-style tab stack, Speed Dials with grouping support, and an inbuilt dark mode. For a cleaner look, the browser also has options such as “Swipe to Close Tabs,” “Hide Status bar,” and smaller Speed Dials for a better view.
Upholding privacy as one of its core values, Vivaldi has included with an inbuilt ad blocker into the Android browser. It also integrates a tracking blocker mechanism powered by the DuckDuckGo privacy browser’s Tracker Radar tool. Both – the ad and the tracking blockers – are switched off by default but can be switched on by tapping the shield icon along the address bar.
Vivaldi for Android supports syncing history, bookmarks, passwords and other autofill information, and Speed Dial tabs across devices and different platforms with end-to-end encryption. This data is stored in Vivaldi’s own servers in Iceland. The browser also allows you to switch between search engines directly from the address bar.
The browser also comes with an inbuilt notes taker and a snapshot tool for more productivity. Using the latter, you can either capture a snapshot of only the visible area or the entire webpage.
The stable version of Vivaldi Browser for Android will be available starting today i.e. April 22nd on the Google Play Store. You can grab it from the link below if you’re looking for a privacy-focussed and speedy web browsing experience on Android phones, tablets, and Chromebooks.