In the age of Google Chrome and Firefox, Vivaldi has managed to create a name for itself because of its innovative features and unmatched customizations. The browser saw its public launch in April this year, and is already giving a tough fight to well-known names such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
Furthermore, the latest update- the version 1.5 makes it one of its kind web-browser in the market. The new update brings a host of new enhancements such as drag tabs and tab stacks between windows, improved note taking abilities, reader mode button, delta updates and one unique feature that we are going to talk about in the following points. Let's have a look.
Control Smart-home lights with Vivaldi 1.5
Ever heard a browser offering you the ability to control your smart home lights? Vivaldi version 1.5 let you do that by integrating with Hue color lights from Philips. To control the lights- you need to activate the Hue feature in Vivaldi Theme Settings, which can be enabled by a simple tap on the Philips Hue Bridge feature. Post activating the feature, you need to select which lights Vivaldi should control, and the browser will synchronize your physical surroundings with the color of the web.
While it's just a start for Vivaldi, the CEO Jon von Tetzchner explains how it can change the way we interact with our surroundings with the help of a browser. How about getting notified for a new email or web notification through a light bulb. Sounds cool? It is possible with Vivaldi's endless customization features that integrates with IoT devices like Philips Hue to adapt to you and your everyday life.
Works even on Slow connections
The new update also brings delta updates (Windows versions as of now), that downloads only the changes from release to release, rather than the entire binary.
This helps users who are on slower connections by offering smaller downloads that transfers faster than the usual updates.
Vivaldi version 1.5 also brings the capability to drag tab stacks and tab selections, making it even faster to move tabs between windows. The feature comes handy when you have way too many tabs open. Tab Stacking lets you create ‘folders' of tabs. You just need to drag one tab on top of another to create a tab stack.
Automatic screenshots in Notes and more accessible Raeder view
Besides, the new update makes note taking alongside the web pages even better. If you add a note from selected text on a web page, the note will automatically include a screenshot of the page. This is on by default and can be turned off in the settings.
The accessibility of content as per users' reading preferences has also been enhanced. The reader mode button now has been added to the address bar. It allows you to remove the clutter for better readability.