Update Vivaldi 5.1 arrives for desktop and Android

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Vivaldi 5.1 for the Desktop​

The new desktop version of the browser introduces several new features and improvements. Vivaldi is one of the most customizable browsers out there and the new Quick Settings Panel for the browser's New Tab page adds just another option to the range of tools and options.

Instead of having to configure the New Tab page in Settings, Vivaldi users may activate the Quick Settings panel from the New Tab page directly to adjust the configuration right there.

Options include the following:
  • Change the background image.
  • Change the size and maximum columns of tiles.
  • Display or hide titles.
  • Show Add and Delete buttons.
  • Show or hide Start Page navigation bar.
  • Show or hide the Search field.
  • Show or hide the Vivaldia Game.

Horizontal Scrollable Tabs

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Most Chromium-based browsers don't support horizontal scrolling of the tab bar. Tabs get smaller and smaller as more are added to the browser and eventually, you end up with tabs not being shown anymore on the tab bar.

Granted, Google did introduce an experimental flag in 2020 that enables Tab Scrolling.

You need to enable the horizontal scrolling option in Settings > Tabs > Tabs Bar. Check the Enable Horizontal Scrolling option to do so. You may then use the arrow icons or the mouse to scroll the tab bar. Note that scrolling is only enabled if enough tabs are open.

You may also long-press on an arrow icon to display the full list of tabs open in Vivaldi. Horizontal scrolling works perfectly fine with the two-level tab stacking feature of the Vivaldi browser.

Reading List

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The Reading List allows Vivaldi users to save articles that they come across. It works similarly to bookmarks on first glance, as it keeps track of pages on the web. Unlike bookmarks, Vivaldi's Reading List focuses on articles. It keeps track of the reading status and loads them in Reader View, an optimized view for reading articles in the browser.

Reading List is not enabled by default. You need to go to Settings > Address Bar > Reading List to enable the icon. Once done, you may activate it when you are on a page with an article to add that article to the list.

Vivaldi 5.1 for Android​

The Android version of the Vivaldi web browser has been updated as well to version 5.1. Vivaldi users who have lots of tabs open in the browser should notice a speed boost after the upgrade to the new version.

There is also a new option to change the minimum tab width in the mobile browser. To do so, visit Settings > Tab. There you find the minimum tab width setting that you can use to change the default value.

Last but not least, Vivaldi 5.1 for Android adds more theme colors. Four preset colors and an option to pick a custom color are now available under Settings > Appearance > Theme > Accent color.


 
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Everything about this browser is good enough, but I don't know how to convince the developers to dedicate at least one release to improving privacy features. For example, mobile version ad blocker doesn't support remove_param command syntax, so adguard filter for cleaning url addresses doesn't work there.
 

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A couple of weeks ago, Vivaldi added a new feature called the Reading List. We have already told you how it works, the latest snapshot release brings another way to manage it, along with some new options.
The new sidebar is available in Vivaldi Snapshot 2581.4, that you can download from the official website.


Minor update for Vivaldi Desktop Browser 5.1​

This update includes security improvements from the Chromium project, along with some fixes.
The following improvements were made since the initial 5.1 stable release:
  • [Chromium] Upgraded to 98.0.4758.105 (includes fix for CVE-2022-0609)
  • [Crash][Windows] Playing videos (VB-86275)
  • [Mail Beta] Account root folder shows all messages for all accounts (VB-86337)
  • [Mail Beta] Clicking Other folder takes 10s (VB-86245)
  • [Mail Beta] “Message not found in _listEntries” shows in logs (VB-86365)
  • [Mail Beta] Show/hide archive status should affect the counters (VB-86082)
  • [Sync][Notes] Gets into a note re-upload loop (VB-86710)
 
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Minor update (2) for Vivaldi Desktop Browser 5.1​

This update includes a performance fix related to playing media.
The following improvements were made since the first 5.1 stable, minor update:
  • [Bookmarks] New partner links for FR and PL (VB-86725)
  • [Media] Browser slows down after long usage following media being played (VB-86756)
  • [Windows][Updates] Switch from Courgette to the Zucchini algorithm for delta updates: minor updates only (VB-76596)
 

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Minor update (3) for Vivaldi Desktop Browser 5.1

This update includes security fixes from the Chromium project.

The following improvements were made since the second 5.1 stable, minor update:
  • [Bookmarks] Add Ceneo to Polish bookmarks (VB-86788)
  • [Bookmarks] Replacing Bild ot Spiegel for DE (VB-86834)
  • [Bookmarks] Add Kayak and Expedia to bookmarks globally (VB-86972)
  • [Bookmarks] Remove Mail.ru from bookmarks (VB-87133)
  • [Chromium] Upgraded to 98.0.4758.121
  • [Settings][Cookies] Incorrect input time value displayed for expiration date and time (VB-78411)
 

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Vivaldi has improved a lot in version 5. Previously almost everything about this browser was slow, but now it's better. Though not good enough IMO.
It's still sluggish compared to Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Brave. There's still lag in the UI and many things are not responsive at all.
If we talk about benchmarks then in Jetstream2 on my system it gets significantly lower score than Chrome (1st) and Edge (2nd). Even a lot lower than Firefox, which is a different engine and always gets lower score in this benchmark.
 

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How to use Vivaldi's Reading List on Android

Here's how it works on mobile devices. To add a page to the reading list on your phone, visit the article that you want to save, and tap on the Vivaldi icon to view the app's menu. You can access the Reading List from this drop-down panel. Tap on the "Add Current Page" button to save it to your Vivaldi Reading List.

How to use Vivaldi's Reading List on Android


Just like its desktop counterpart, the mobile version lists the titles of your saved pages along with the favicon of the site. Selecting a saved article from the list will open the corresponding page in the app. When a page is accessed, the browser will automatically mark the item as Read.

For reference, the links that appear blurry (grayed-out) in the Reading List panel indicate those that you are done with, these are listed in the Read Articles section, at the bottom. Your Unread pages will remain highlighted at the top of the list. You can manage the read status of the articles manually too, which can be helpful if you want to mark a page as unread or vice-versa. Tap the three-dot menu icon next to a saved item to mark the article as read, or if you no longer need it, you can choose to delete it from the list. You may select multiple items in the list and manage them at the same time.

Vivaldi's Reading List feature is now available in the latest snapshot for Android devices
 

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