Vivaldi 5.0 Arrives on Desktop, Android

Posted on December 2, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Web browsers with 7 Comments

Vivaldi has announced the latest major update to its flagship web browser on Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android. On desktop, Vivaldi 5.0 adds Shareable themes, Translate Panel with automatic translations, and more. And on Android, Vivaldi comes with two rows of tabs, as with the desktop version, a first on mobile.

Here’s what’s new in Vivaldi 5.0 for desktop:

Shareable themes. Vivaldi is well known for its deep customization capabilities, and it has long supported not just themes but the ability to create your own themes. With Vivaldi 5.0, however, you can now export themes and, if desired, share them with others via the Themes Gallery. And there’s a new Themes Editor that helps you easily edit a theme’s colors, settings, and background.

Translate Panel. This new panel, powered by Lingvanex, makes Vivaldi’s language translation capabilities even more powerful. Now, instead of translating an entire page, you can translate a text selection on the fly. Vivaldi describes it as “the perfect sidekick for learning.”

Downloads pop-out. Now, you can optionally view Downloads instead of in a panel.

Vivaldi 5.0 is available now on Windows, Linux, macOS. You can download it here.

Here’s what’s new in Vivaldi 5.0 for Android:

Two-level tab stacks. As with Vivaldi for desktop, Vivaldi now supports two rows of tabs in its mobile browser too. With Two-level tab stacks, tabs inside a group will show in a second row, but they’ll stay hidden when you don’t need them.

Improved tabs interface. Vivaldi features a configurable tab bar on mobile, and now it’s getting two more features: you can disable the Close (“X”) button on background tabs so there’s more room for the tab titles, and you can show a tab as a favicon, with no title and no Close (“X”) button.

Per-page Dark themes. Now, you can enable/disable the dark theme for any webpage.

Tablet improvements. Unlike some mobile browsers, Vivaldi is optimized for tablets, too, and not just smartphones. And with version 5.0, it’s picking up some more tablet-specific features, such as Panels support, desktop-style tabs, configurable address and tab bars, and more.

You can download Vivaldi 5.0 for Android from the Google Play Store.

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7 responses to “Vivaldi 5.0 Arrives on Desktop, Android”

  1. dftf

    After all the recent pointless features Microsoft keep adding to Edge (pay-by-instalments; Collections; Maths Solver; Taskbar Pinning Wizard; floating Edge Bar; Show Suggestions from Pinterest; Shopping in Edge) it's nice to see at-least-one browser-developer is still adding actual improvements to the core browsing experience and browser UI!

    • dftf

      Have to say though I really find the UI for Vivaldi rather-bloated when on a desktop though, compared to Firefox and Brave. I don't mind their Android version, though the way you have "Speed Dial" and "Bookmarks" as separate areas gets confusing, especially if you save a site into the wrong one and find it's then a pain to move it. Opera and Opera Mini on Android are way-better with how they just present their bookmarks as a speed-dial, so you've only one area sites will ever go into.

  2. MikeCerm

    I love that Vivaldi provides a Firefox-level of customizability to the Chromium engine, but all that power comes at a cost: the interface is kind of a cluttered mess. Nevertheless, I'd happily replace Brave with Vivaldi just to get away from the crypto nonsense that the Brave developers are always pushing. Unfortunately, the one thing that Vivaldi cannot do is block autoplay for videos, which for me is a must-have feature. Firefox and Brave do it, so I don't know why Vivaldi won't implement this feature.

  3. whistlerpro

    I've never seen a left-hand-drive Borismaster before.

  4. JimP

    "Vivaldi has announced the latest major update to its flagship web browser"

    Does Vivaldi have a non-flagship browser?

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