It’s here Vivaldi 3.0, the new version of the web browser that the ex-founder of Opera launched does more than five years with the aim of recovering the functionality that the veteran lost after his conversion to Chromium. And although Vivaldi is also based on Chromium, it must be said that, broadly speaking, it has succeeded, while also preserving the dignity that its previous company left on the road.
Vivaldi 3.0 is, as indicated in the official announcement, “a giant leap forward”, for two reasons: the PC version (Windows, Mac, Linux) releases, among others, a function that has become -with the exception of Chrome- fundamentally in any current web browser and the Android version does the same, in addition to presenting itself as the first stable to date. Let’s see everything in more detail.
Each major version of Vivaldi is usually an unknown for those who do not keep informed about its development and the normal thing is not to know what to expect, because they introduce trivialities that almost nobody uses, as they surprise you with advanced functions that many of us would like to see. in other browsers. Vivaldi 3.0 is no exception, but in a good way.
The great novelty of Vivaldi 3.0 is a Integrated tracker and ad blocking in the browser itself. It is based on DuckDuckGo Tracker Radar and is really easy to use, allowing it to be set globally or individually depending on the site and separating the ability to block trackers from that of blocking advertising, which is not the same.
Its implementation is scrupulous and not activated by default, but it must be the user who activates it manually, globally in the privacy section in the browser settings, with the option of adding exceptions in a white list; or on each site in a particular way, in case you prefer to allow advertising on frequently visited sites.
“While blocking trackers provides enough protection, some users prefer to block ads in addition to trackers,” they explain. “However, we believe that many users will not want to prevent the sites they visit from generating revenue, and for that reason, we don’t enable the ad blocker by default.”
But this is not the only novelty in Vivaldi 3.0. Another less basic but quite striking is a clock pinned on status bar and that in addition to giving the time it allows programming alarms and even adopting the Pomodoro Productivity Technique. This new version also includes improvements in spatial navigation with the keyboard, in the use of floating videos (Picture-in-Picture) and a few corrections throughout the set.
Vivaldi for Android
The launch of Vivaldi 3.0 brings with it another no less important: the first stable version of Vivaldi for Android, which until now was kept in beta. If you have already tried it or are using it, you will hardly perceive changes with the naked eye except the one in question: Integrated tracker and ad blocking.
For the rest, Vivaldi for Android continues to offer the same characteristics with which it was announced a few months ago and that they gave us such a good taste: an excellent design, data synchronization and functions such as notes or integrated screenshots, among others.
If you have not already given it the opportunity, it is the ideal time to do it, because both in its PC and mobile versions, Vivaldi is one of the most interesting web browsers of today, especially for those who like advanced options and customize the experience.