You’ve got more choices than ever when it comes to web browsing apps on Android—and unlike iOS, you can actually change the default browser from Chrome, too, so that URL links open up in the app you want them to. One of the newest arrivals on Google’s mobile OS is a browser that’s been making a mark on Windows and macOS for a while now: Vivaldi. With a variety of innovative features, from mouse gesture navigation to tab grouping, it’s already established a reputation as a viable browser alternative on desktop.
Now, it’s on mobile, launching there in beta just this week. If you’re growing tired of your existing Android browser or you just want to see what Vivaldi has to offer, these six features might might win you over. Still not interested? Maybe a privacy browser is more your speed. Or stick with Chrome! It’s still pretty great. The important thing is remembering that you’ve got options.
Sync Anything From the Desktop
Syncing passwords and bookmarks between mobile platforms and the web is a trick most browsers have been doing for a while at this point, but it’s worth emphasizing how slick Vivaldi makes the process—and how easy it is to jump from an open tab on a laptop to an open tab on your phone.
On both mobile and desktop versions of Vivaldi, a tap or click on the cloud icon brings up all the tabs you’ve currently got open in the app on other devices, linked by your Vivaldi account. That makes switching devices a snap. Everything gets synced with end-to-end-encryption protection as well, for extra peace of mind.
Take Notes as You Go
If you’re researching something online, or need to move text between sites, or just like composing a little poetry while browsing the web, Vivaldi for Android includes a note-taking feature just like its desktop counterpart. Tap the Panels button on the bottom left of the app, then the Notes icon at the top, to find it.
Sure, it’s not the most advanced notes app you’re ever going to come across. But it’s well-integrated into the rest of the Vivaldi browser interface, and you can create notes straight from websites as well: Just select some text in a page and tap Copy to note. There’s a simple note search tool you can make use of as well. And as with tabs, all your notes sync seamlessly across all your devices.
Put Favorite Sites on Speed Dial
Vivaldi was cofounded by Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, the former CEO of Opera, another popular browser. Opera users will be familiar with the Speed Dial concept: It gives you instant access to all the websites that you visit most often, and it’s accessible from anywhere in Vivaldi for Android with a tap on the navigation bar at the bottom.
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