Vivaldi Browser Now Available on Android

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The Vivaldi web browser has launched for mobile devices, with an initial beta release for Android devices.

For the most part, I like to use the same browser on desktop and mobile, simply to keep my bookmarks in sync (and Vivaldi says it doesn't use Google's servers to sync, in case you're anxious about being tracked).

You can choose your default search engine in the Vivaldi Browser, as there are several popular options available.

The new mobile browser is also designed with flexibility in mind, with features like the ability to switch search engines on the fly by typing a nickname into the search bar before your query. 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). "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. The tools include Panels, Speed Dials, Notes, and Capture.

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Everything roams across devices completely secure, and this is one of the best things about Vivaldi. Expect more features to migrate across from the desktop browser in the coming months - Vivaldi's task will be to integrate them without losing the fast, responsive and user-friendly feel of this first beta. 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.

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. Vivaldi features Speed Dials on app startup, which is a convenient way to access favorite sites, which you can also organize into folders and folder groups.

A common trend among web browsers on the desktop is to simplify their UI and features, itself spun off a minimalist trend going on in the software and design industry. A Reader View is also available, and this looks a lot like the one in Microsoft Edge and which lets you read online articles without being bothered by unnecessary content. Users can choose which data to sync, including bookmarks and speed dials, saved passwords and autofill information, history (with only typed URLs) and uniquely Notes. Heck, just like Firefox Focus, the browser will delete any cookies and tracking information gathered as soon as one closes their Private Tab. The bottom bar, on the other hand, has many more functions.

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