Vivaldi's customizable browser comes to Android

Vivaldi browser beta version launched for Android platform

Vivaldi made a name for itself with its super-customizable desktop browser, which lets you change pretty much every button, menu and bar to suit the way you use the web. More are on their way, Vivaldi says. "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.

Vivaldi's Android browser will likely be welcome by users of the desktop version as it allows syncing of bookmarks, Speed Dials, passwords, autofill information, and more, all using end-to-end encryption.

In other words, you should be getting the same privacy level as in Vivaldi for the desktop, which let's be honest, is not something you should ignore given all the tracking happening on all platforms these days.

The ability to add custom Speed Dials to the New Tab page. Everything is created to mimic the look and feel of the desktop to boost familiarity.

At the time of writing, the beta version of the mobile browser had been downloaded over 10,000 times.

The tab switcher button is where you go to access synced, regular and private tabs along with the trash can (giving you an option to recover accidentally closed tabs).

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. A "Clone tab" option on the menu makes it easy to duplicate tabs and you can sign into your Vivaldi account to sync settings, bookmarks and tabs between devices. The company also claims that it encrypts the data on the device using a password and it doesn't use any third-party servers.

It's a powerful first step into the world of the mobile browser - Vivaldi has clearly taken its time to get this right, with a good mix of features to open things up. The desktop version of the browser is based on Chromium engine and provides a large number of features. Vivaldi Beta 2.7 for Android is available now as a free download for phones and tablets running Android 5.0 or later.

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