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Vivaldi launches an iOS version of its browser

Jon von Tetzchner, the former CEO of Opera, debuted a new desktop browser nearly eight years ago. Today, his business Vivaldi released an iOS version.

Vivaldi uses the WebKit core engine because it is currently required for browsers on iOS. This was the main reason, according to von Tetzchner, who told TechCrunch, that they had to start the iOS version’s development from scratch. Notably, the business released its Android browser back in 2018.

Von Tetzchner stated that for improved performance and customisation, developers should be able to use engines other than WebKit thanks to impending EU legislation.

Without using the tab switchers, you can see what other tabs are active with Vivaldi for iOS thanks to its desktop-like tab bar. You can disable this view from the settings if you don’t like it.

You can access recently closed tabs, synchronized tabs with other Vivaldi instances, open tabs, and private tabs via the tab switcher. You can rapidly launch a new or private tab or close the one you’re currently using by giving the tab switcher a long tap.

“Speed Dials,” which are essentially bookmarks in Vivaldi, will appear on any new blank tab page. You can personalize them to suit your tastes.

Additionally, Vivaldi for iOS has a reading list function and a handy notes tool that are both cross-device synchronizable.

The new app also features customizable app icons, an integrated tracker and ad blocker, and an easy way to flip between search engines.

In addition to the iOS version, Vivaldi is releasing its browser for the iPad. It has created an iPad sidebar that allows you to access reading lists, notes, history, and bookmarks.

According to von Tetzchner, Vivaldi has 2.5–3 million users across platforms, as reported by TechCrunch. Deals with several search engines are how the business makes money; von Tetzchner made it clear that Google is not one of them.

Vivaldi is currently available on a number of operating systems, including Windows, Android, Mac, Linux, Raspberry Pi, and even automobiles via Android Auto, thanks to its release on iOS. Google added Vivaldi to the Play Store for Android Auto last September.