Vivaldi 3.5 comes with improved tabs and media playback, URL sharing via QR code
Earlier today, Vivaldi Technologies unleashed Vivaldi 3.5 for all supported desktop platforms. The Android version of this underdog in the web browsers world arrived at the end of last month and carries a slightly different full version number (3.5.2115.51 on Android, and 3.5.2115.73 for desktop platforms — Windows 10, in my case, but the macOS and Linux builds have the same version number, as it can be easily noticed by looking carefully at the download links).
Without further ado, here are the highlights of Vivaldi 3.5 on desktop:
- Improved media playback on certain websites that use Widevine DRM, such as Amazon Prime HD, Spotify, Netflix, and more.
- Enhanced tab stacking, now with better touchscreen usability and more flexible configuration options.
- A QR code generator for sharing website addresses (however, it needs to be enabled first in order to work).
- The ability to add and order multiple languages for websites to be displayed in.
- New privacy-related options that allow the user to disable Google features such as Form Autofill Assist, Cloud Print, Hangouts, Cast, Web Store, and more.
- More menu customization options.
Over the last few months, the Android version of Vivaldi has finally surpassed the 1,000,000 downloads barrier (it was previously in the 500,000 - 1,000,000 installs category). Speaking solely from my personal user perspective, the desktop version deserves more attention. Sadly, Vivaldi still has to make it as an individual entry in the global web browser stats, where Opera is struggling with a tiny slice of around 2.5 percent, in close combat with Internet Explorer.