Vivaldi 3.5 for Android introduces new privacy and usability features
Vivaldi 3.5 for Android is now available. The new stable version of the Vivaldi web browser for Android introduces new privacy and usability features among other changes.
The new mobile browser version is available already, but it may take some time before updates are pushed to user systems because of how updates are delivered via Google Play.
Privacy is one of the main areas of improvement in Vivaldi 3.5. The browser includes two new features related to privacy. The first enables users to disable the leaking of IP addresses when WebRTC is used, the second enables them to clear select types of data when the browser is closed.
Both of these options are found under Vivaldi Menu button > Settings > Privacy. The option "Broadcast IP for best WebRTC performance" is enabled by default; this is the default on most browsers, and users may tap on the toggle to turn it off.
The second feature can be accessed with a tap on "clear session browsing data on exit". A new page opens that displays a toggle to enable the feature, and to select some of the data types that are cleared if the feature is turned on. These are:
- Browsing history -- this clears the list of visited sites and auto-completes in the address bar.
- Cookies and site data -- clears all cookies and site data (including first-party).
- Cached images and files -- clears these browser cache items to free up space.
- Close open tabs -- closes all tabs open in Vivaldi to start with a blank tab.
Bookmarks and Notes sorting
Vivaldi 3.5 introduces support for sorting Bookmarks and Notes in multiple ways. The available sort options differ between bookmarks and notes. For bookmarks, the following needs to be done:
Open the bookmarks from the New Tab Page by tapping on the icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. Select Bookmarks to display the bookmarks interface in the browser.
The four horizontal bars at the top display the sorting options when you tap on the icon. Vivaldi supports:
- By Title
- By Address
- By Nickname
- By Description
All with the exception of manual are self-explanatory. Manual gives you free control over the order, as you may move bookmarks up and down individually when you select that option.
You may switch to Notes by tapping on the third-icon in the bottom toolbar while bookmarks are open. Tap on the sort icon to find manual, by title, by content, and by created options.
Vivaldi Technologies continues to add usability and privacy features to its products. While new sorting options may not be for everyone, those users who have hundreds or more bookmarks or notes will surely appreciate the new options. As for privacy, it is always good to get more options.
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