Vivaldi on Android is a mobile browser designed to be as unique as the person using it: You. So in addition to blocking unwanted ads and protecting you from tracking devices, it gives you control over many unique built-in features to choose from.
With each Vivaldi update on Android, we aim to make it even more customizable and easy to use. Our recent Android version of Vivaldi 4.0 was no exception, as it added three new features that can save you time and help you browse better. All without sacrificing your privacy.
Tap to translate web pages privately
First, there is Vivaldi Translate, built-in, privacy-friendly translation feature, powered by Lingvanex and hosted by Vivaldi, keeping your translation out of the reach of companies like Google or Microsoft.
The built-in translation feature is highly requested by Vivaldi on Android devices, so you can read translated pages in the languages of your choice with one or even less tap.
Vivaldi Translate is a rare feature – most mobile browsers do not offer a translation feature. And if they do, your translation activities are not private. Now you can break language barriers without protecting your privacy.
To translate the page, open the Vivaldi menu and select Translate. (Advanced settings appear at the bottom of the screen, just above the toolbar at the bottom.) To select another language and manage your settings, just tap the menu. Here you will find translation settings in Settings> General> Language Settings.
In addition to the translator, we have also made it easier to change search engines on the fly.
Switch search engines quickly and easily
Vivaldi for Android offers several search engines to choose from, but we wanted to provide a faster and easier way switch between them. But to achieve that, we had to overcome some challenges.
First, we had to hit right on the search engine screen to make the gear faster. After experimenting with different screen layouts, we settled on the horizontal screen as the cleanest.
Since Vivaldi is all about customization, the next challenge was to make sure the feature is easy to use, whether you like the address bar at the top or bottom or want to use the search widget screen.
Our layout allows you to switch from one search engine to another by tapping. Just type one letter in the search engine’s “nickname” in your browser’s address bar, followed by a space and a search term.
And because not everyone changes their search engines often (or at all), we’ve let you choose whether to enable / disable this feature in Settings.
While not everyone switches to search engines, many of you use external password managers. Read more about the hard work you get so you can easily sign in to your favorites.
Log in using your favorite password manager
Although you can save your account logins to Vivaldi, we know that many of you use separate password management applications. Based on your request, we knew that supporting third-party password management was necessary for Vivaldi on Android.
We also knew this would take a lot of work for us, so it would work seamlessly for you.
The key was the implementation of the Android Autofill API, which is responsible for handling communications between third-party password management applications and Android Vivaldi.
Now almost every Android app supports auto-filling forms and fields out of the box. However, with a browser, it’s different because instead of browsers just displaying input fields and forms (which already support the Android AutoFill API), web pages contain mixed content.
So for this to work on Vivaldi on Android, we had to be able to detect forms and fields that can be filled out automatically – and make them visible through the Android Autofill API. And because different phone manufacturers and Android versions handle things differently, this wasn’t a trivial task. Therefore, we strive for an implementation that supports auto-fill in all conditions.
So far so good. Everything for auto-fill worked fine. However, the biggest challenge was still ahead: contacting external password management companies to get them to support Vivaldi on Android to the end so that you had a smooth user experience. Well – known password administrators such as 1Password, Bitwarden and Enpass have already released new versions with support for Vivaldi on Android.
This is amazing and they all work well with Vivaldi on Android. Just make sure you turn on AutoFill for the password management you want in Android Settings.
But there is one player who unfortunately has not yet released an update: LastPass. It’s a real shame because this makes things more difficult for our shared users. And since it’s not rocket science, we hope they’ll soon add support for Vivaldi and its new new autofill implementation. If you are a LastPass user and want to be able to use this feature on Android Vivaldi, let them know!
Get Vivaldi for Android now for these features – and more!
And if you like Vivaldi on Android, you might want to try a desktop version that runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. Get it now.
Do you have any other features on your Vivaldi Android wish list? Open the thread Android Change Request Forumand let us know what you want to see add to your browser.
Which of our new features are most useful to you in your daily browsing life? Let us know in the comments!