Vivaldi 5.5 for Android launches with improved onboarding and automatic tab discarding

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 12, 2022
Updated • Oct 12, 2022

After launching Vivaldi 5.5 for desktop systems a week ago, Vivaldi Technologies released Vivaldi 5.5 for Android today. The new Vivaldi release for Android follows one of the company's main principles: give users choice and customization options.

The two main features of the release are an improved onboarding experience for new Vivaldi users, and an option to configure tab discarding.

Vivaldi 5.5 is available via Google Play, but also as a direct Android APK file from the Vivaldi website. Google Play installed versions of the browser will update automatically, but the update may not be pushed to devices immediately.

Vivaldi 5.5

Android users who install Vivaldi 5.5 on their devices get a new onboarding experience that helps them customize the browser from the get-go. It is still possible to select quick start and be done with it immediately, but users who select "customize it" may modify the browser to their liking.

Tabs may then be placed at the top or bottom, tab styles and browser colors may be customized, and content blocking enabled. All of these options are also available in the settings, but not all users have the time or patience to go through all of the settings to customize the browser.

Vivaldi on the desktop displays a similar option to users, giving them the choice between a streamlined browser, a browser with a good mix of features enabled, and the full experience.

All of these options may be changed in the settings, just like on Android. The new onboarding experience takes a couple of seconds to go through, and most users will probably appreciate it, as it adjusts the browser to their preferences.

Still, it is recommended that users take the time and go through all the settings that Vivaldi provides to fully customize the browsing experience.

Automatically close tabs

Vivaldi 5.5 for Android includes a new option to discard tabs automatically. Vivaldi users may configure the setting to have the browser remove tabs automatically.

Tabs that have not been visited for the specified amount of time are closed automatically by the browser. Vivaldi 5.5 for Android may close tabs after one week, one month, or three months of inactivity.

The new setting is located under Settings > Tabs > Automatically Close Tabs. Closed tabs may be reopened in the history.

Closing tabs may reduce memory usage of the browser, and it may also provide a better tabbed browsing experience as it reduces the number of open tabs.

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  1. Dennis said on October 14, 2022 at 3:50 am

    I’m trying out Vivaldi for Android on my mobile now — the APK download from the website sealed the deal……. Heretofore, I’d been relying on Bromite alone — which isn’t bad and still my primary, for the time being!

    The ability to easily download and use my choices of content and tracker blocking filters without resorting to sorcery is a great feature!

    Chromium-based browsers still rather suck overall in my exalted opinion, but what am I to do?

  2. Chelsea said on October 12, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    Best browser for Android, Samsung Internet is also very good, but I currently use Vivaldi as my primary and Firefox as my secondary.

    1. Trey said on October 12, 2022 at 8:53 pm

      I agree. Perfect set of options and abilities.

  3. Daniel said on October 12, 2022 at 11:49 am

    Updated automatically just as i was reading your article Martin!

    Haven’t tested it extensively yet, but the Adblock feature seems to be doing just fine.

    Go Vivaldi, go! :)

  4. Paul(us) said on October 12, 2022 at 10:24 am

    “Vivaldi 5.5 is available via Google Play, but also as a direct Android APK file from the Vivaldi website. ”

    What is wiser to do? Download from the firm which manages to make its reputation even more debatable consistently and also can retreat the software from your Android phone or download the APK?

    1. Yash said on October 12, 2022 at 1:46 pm

      Aurora Store can be used which is a client for Play Store. You can download from Vivaldi website. For update notification add feed url from Apkmirror to your feed reader.

    2. Martin Brinkmann said on October 12, 2022 at 11:06 am

      Depends. On some devices, Google Play may not even be an option. Plus, you are handing out data to Google whenever it is used. With Vivaldi direct, you have to update manually (I think), when a new version is released.

      Google Play is more comfortable, but you end up paying with data and delayed updates.

  5. Jek Porkins said on October 12, 2022 at 9:25 am

    Yet it can’t block as many ads and pop ups, just like Brave unlike Kiwi.

    1. storage_exp said on October 12, 2022 at 1:16 pm

      What ads?
      It rocks Brave in every way.

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