Vivaldi launched the first beta version of its mobile web browser for Google’s Android operating system about a year ago. The browser included several customization options that most Chromium-based browsers lack, including support for displaying a tab bar in the browser or options to display scrollbars, something that is common only in desktop browsers.
Vivaldi 3.3 for Android introduces new customization options and other new features. Vivaldi highlights two of them in a blog post on the official company website.
The first brings customization options to the browser’s address bar, as it is now possible to move the address bar and tab bar to the bottom of the screen. The default position is still at the top, but users who prefer a bottom position may configure the browser now to achieve that.
Some users prefer the bottom position for the address bar as it is easier to reach when using handheld devices. Vivaldi for Android users may select Vivaldi > Settings, and there the “Address Bar at Bottom” option to display the bar at the bottom. If the tab bar is displayed, which it is by default, it is also displayed at the bottom.
The following screenshot shows a comparison between tabs at the top (default, on the left), and tabs at the bottom (on the right).
The tab bar is above the address bar if the bars are displayed at the top, and below the address bar if the bars are displayed at the bottom. Vivaldi users who don’t need the tab bar can disable it in the settings.
The second feature that is highlighted on the blog improves the browser’s built-in ad-blocking and tracker-blocking functionality. Vivaldi 3.3 supports page-level blocking now. Vivaldi Technologies introduced the feature in the desktop release of Vivaldi 3.3 which the company released earlier this month.
Users providing their own sets of rules can now use the ‘document’ option in block rules to block whole pages. This is a step towards greater compatibility with the uBlock Origin rule set.
Chromium, the core of the Vivaldi browser, has been updated to version 85 as well in the release.
Vivaldi users should receive automatic browser updates provided that Google Play or a comparable service is installed on the device. The new version can be downloaded from Google Play.
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