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Sick of Chrome on Android? Vivaldi has released a new customizable alternative

Sick of Chrome on Android? Vivaldi has released a new customizable alternative

The top panel of the Vivaldi browser is the Address Bar that also works as a search bar and allows you to pass your queries using any installed search engine, including DuckDuckGo and Ecosia.

Vivaldi is easy to figure out and use, and you should feel right at home when you first launch it on your phone. Additionally, the browser supports syncing between multiple devices to let you access the bookmarks or notes saved on your desktop from your Android device.

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.

There are also all the usual features you'd expect from a modern mobile browser, including private browsing and reader mode - and if Vivaldi's take on the desktop is anything to go by, there will be lots more on the horizon. The tools include Panels, Speed Dials, Notes, and Capture.

Something unique and a feature that no other browser have till date is the Notes feature that allows you to create and save notes within the browser.

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Everything roams across devices completely secure, and this is one of the best things about Vivaldi. All you need to do is to use a so-called search engine nickname, which is actually a shortcut to conduct a search using a certain search engine. At this point, there's not much you can customize about Vivaldi for Android, which is rather unexpected given how advanced the desktop browser is in this regard, and the settings screen only comes with the basic options for the available tools.

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. This was discouraging to many potential users of the browser, as it meant that there was no syncing between desktop and mobile. All synchronised data including saved passwords is claimed to be protected with end-to-end data encryption and is never shared with Vivaldi.

Vivaldi on Android also has both dark and light themes to meet your requirements. "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.

"At Vivaldi, we've always believed that true innovation is only possible through an open, collaborative approach".


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