Vivaldi 5.2 launches for the desktop and Android

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 6, 2022
Updated • Apr 6, 2022
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Vivaldi Technologies released new versions of the company's Vivaldi web browser on April 6, 2022. Vivaldi 5.2 for desktop systems introduces support for tracker and ad-blocking statistics and a Reading List panel, the Android version gets the Reading List feature and a new Translation panel.

The releases come exactly six years after the first Vivaldi release.

Vivaldi 5.2 for the desktop

The desktop version of Vivaldi 5.2 is available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. The update is already available at the time of writing and most systems should receive the update automatically.

Vivaldi users may open Vivaldi Menu > Help > About to display the installed version and run a check for updates. The update should be picked up and installed.

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Reading List Panel

vivaldi 5.2 reading list

The new Reading List Panel improves the accessibility of the feature. Reading List, which was introduced in the browser's address bar, gives Vivaldi users a tool at hand to save articles for later reading. It works similarly to bookmarks, but is more powerful thanks to the added functionality.

Tip: if the reading list button is not displayed, open the Preferences, search for reading, and check the "show reading list button".

Articles and webpages can be added to the Reading List using the button. The new Reading List Panel is added to Vivaldi's panel sidebar that is giving users quick and comfortable access to bookmarks, the mail client, downloads and other areas of the browser.

The new panel displays all articles and webpages that you have added to the browser's built-in Reading List. It features a search to find articles quickly, options to change the sort order -- by read state, address, title or date updated -- and a direct option to add the current page to the reading list database. Each article can be marked as read with a single click on the checkmark button next to it. A double-click on an item in the list loads the article or webpage in the active tab.

Right-click actions are also available, including actions to copy the address, open the item in a new tab or mark the page as read. Users who prefer keyboard shortcuts may assign a shortcut to the feature to speed up the process further.

The new Reading List Panel improves the browser's Reading List feature significantly as it improves accessibility and management of the list.

The introduction of the Reading List feature in Vivaldi 5.2 for Android enables syncing of the list between Vivaldi on Android and on desktop systems.

Privacy Statistics

Vivaldi's New Tab page displays privacy statistics at the very top in version 5.2 of the browser. It displays the total number of ads and trackers that the browser blocked. A click on more information displays additional information, including a full list of all websites and trackers.

The new feature complements the ability to display all blocked ads and trackers of the active site by clicking on the shield icon in the browser's address bar.

Other changes in Vivaldi 5.2:

  • The search engine Qwant is available again as a default in Vivaldi. To switch to it, select Vivaldi Menu > Settings > Search.
  • Tab dragging should be faster and smoother in the new release.
  • Improvements to the Mail, Calendar and Feed Reader (not mentioned specifically in the release notes).

Vivaldi 5.2 for Android

Vivaldi 5.2 for Android includes support for the company's Reading List feature. Already available in desktop versions, Reading List gives Android users the option to add any webpage to the list for reference and later access.

The introduction of the feature enables Reading List syncing between mobile and desktop versions of the Vivaldi web browser.

To add an article to the Reading List on Android, tap on the Vivaldi menu icon and select Reading List. There you may then select "Add Current Page" to add it. You will also see all synced and previous articles that you added there.

New Translation Panel

The new Translation Panel extends Vivaldi's privacy-friendly translation functionality. The latest iteration of the translate feature enables the translation of selected text. The ability to see the original and the translated text is provided, and it is easy to change source and target languages.

The new auto-translate option translates text snippets immediately without the new for extra taps or actions on your part.

The Android version is rolled out via Google Play.

Closing Words

Vivaldi Technologies continues to improve the browser with meaningful feature improvements.

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Comments

  1. Henk said on April 6, 2022 at 11:52 am
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    My own Closing Words: “Instead of making it a bit faster, Vivaldi Technologies continues to burden the browser with unnecessary bloat.”

    1. Mike said on April 7, 2022 at 1:14 am
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      It’s less that Vivaldi is “bloated” and more that the existing features are ignored in terms of being improved upon. The content blocker has had almost zero improvements since it was introduced, even in the face of Manifest V3 coming to take down uBlock Origin and similar blockers. Bugs with the interface have been present through multiple updates.

      Bluntly – Vivaldi feels like a perpetual “beta” product.

    2. John said on April 7, 2022 at 1:37 am
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      There are more than enough browsers chasing ever more minimalistic interfaces with few options and very little to no extendibility for end users, designed with the view that increasing speed should be their first, second, and third priorities.

      Browsers like Vivaldi and Iceraven are chasing a crowd that values having a more extensive interface, lots of options, and so on and so forth over the things users of other browsers value. It’s a different audience, but a real audience (Hi!), and I’m glad some browser makers still care about users like me.

  2. Sebas said on April 6, 2022 at 1:15 pm
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    I have use Vivaldi for a while and for me it is a surprisingly versatile browser. The side tab is very useful, and the ability to add filter lists is a plus too. If only the menu would be more streamlined. Yes I can search the web for that but it is not logically implemented. For example with Brave and Edge it is very ease to export bookmarks, with Vivaldi it is not in the bookmark menu but in file>export bookmarks ( in the classic lay out, not the Vivaldi lay out).

    And yes it is slower, would be nice if they can speed it up a bit. But all in all it is a true workhorse for me.

  3. Peter said on April 6, 2022 at 2:01 pm
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    Where in god’s name is the Vivaldi Menu / Help / About menu? I’ve been using this clown browser for a bit, but I can’t find that obscure thing anywhere. It’s probably one of the many reasons I tried this thing a few years ago and gave up on it then, too.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 6, 2022 at 2:15 pm
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      In the upper left corner, it is the V-icon there.

      1. Peter said on April 6, 2022 at 3:20 pm
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        Eureka! Thank you very much!

  4. piomiq said on April 6, 2022 at 3:06 pm
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    I’m waiting for function like Tree Style Tab” from Firefox.
    Two rows of tab I consider as useless – I have opened dozen of tabs to even two rows squished tab would killed me in case of searching proper one.

    1. olbaze said on April 6, 2022 at 4:02 pm
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      It’s already pretty much there, it’s called the Window Panel. Gives you a list of all of your tabs in that window, and they’re grouped based on your stacks. I use the Window Panel in combination with a horizontally scrolling tab strip up top, and two-level tabs. I find that this setup minimizes the amount of re-sizing and movement in the tab strip, and the Window Panel is how I organize stuff once I have more tabs than I can see on the strip.

    2. Bamboo said on April 6, 2022 at 8:33 pm
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      @piomiq

      Well, you could try Opera is better it has workspaces. Edge is getting workspaces again apparently, plus Edge still has vertical tabs, some people seem to love. I mean, Yandex tab manager is fine and it has groups like most chromium browsers but Opera and Edge are making it better for users to manage tabs in my opinion.

  5. mwtch said on April 6, 2022 at 5:36 pm
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    They need to seriously revamp their big tracking process. Vivaldi has had long standing bugs and while you can report them, there is no good way to track if they are being worked on, have been solved, have not been able to reproduce, etc.

    At least with Firefox and Brave you can track issues. They may not get solved, but you know they are documented. Vivaldi has such a confusing internal system where you need to wade through their forum to find issues and have to reach out to a moderator to find out the status.

    Insane it is 2022 and that’s how Vivaldi is handling big tracking.

  6. Anonymous said on April 6, 2022 at 8:02 pm
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    still not open source lol

  7. ??? said on April 6, 2022 at 9:14 pm
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    Half close-sourced browser (if they are even really using the same Chromium source code they provide in Vivaldi) made by woke SJW European company 100% inspired by their CEO, the same one who created Vivaldi because he lost control over Opera, so two things: he couldn’t control it the way he wanted, so either, he was bad CEO managing it or he wanted more than he could get…. or both.
    Do people even remember how he lied in 2005 about swimming if Opera 8 got 1 million downloads in 4 days after release? well, he couldn’t even do that, because it was all a scam by him to make people download the browser.

    So I guess I will pass another Vivaldi version, because it becomes worst and worst, still with a terrible close source UI made with HTML5+JS+CSS so it’s like Chromium runs inside an iframe anyway and people wonder why it is slower compared to other Chromium browsers!
    Terrible technology for some customization that doesn’t matter since nobody cares because Vivaldi has almost no users, the worst is how they lie about not gathering data or tracking you, but they don’t stop Google from doing it, plus how they started to request you giving your phone number if you want to use their email service… but sure, no data.

  8. BArBArA said on April 12, 2022 at 8:09 pm
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    @???

    Your post is utter and complete nonsense.
    “Terrible technology for some customization that doesn’t matter since nobody cares because Vivaldi has almost no users…”
    That statement is FALSE
    Am in IT and highly recommend this browser to clients.
    Incredibly customizable, Creative interface features, Supports Chrome extensions

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