Vivaldi 4.3: improved translation, usability and privacy
Vivaldi Technologies has just released Vivaldi 4.3 for the desktop and for Android. The new version of the web browser is a significant upgrade, as it improves several key Vivaldi tools and features, while further improving user privacy.
Vivaldi 4.3 is already available. The browser should automatically pick up the new version and install it. Users who don’t want to wait can go to the Vivaldi> Help> Check for Updates menu to perform a manual check for the update on desktop systems. The browser should grab the new version and install it at this point.
Vivaldi engineers have disabled the inactivity detection API in the browser on the desktop and in the Android versions of the browser. Google recently introduced the API in Chromium and Google Chrome.
Websites must request permission to access the API. If they get permission, they can check idle activities, such as keyboard or mouse interactions.
Mozilla and Apple have already announced that they will not implement the API due to privacy concerns and no real-world scenario that justifies its implementation.
Vivaldi 4.3 has the API disabled, which means sites cannot request permission to access the API.
Vivaldi users can enable it by visiting Settings> Privacy and changing the status of the Inactivity Detection field from Block to “Ask” or “Allow”. Ask displays prompts in the browser whenever a site requests permission to use the inactivity detection API, allow gives that permission without user interaction.
Vivaldi introduced the translation functionality in Vivaldi 4.0 earlier this year and improved the functionality of Vivaldi 4.2 by adding options to translate chunks of text on web pages (not just the entire website).
The self-hosted solution is respectful of privacy, as communication only takes place between the user’s system and Vivaldi’s servers.
A critical point was that the number of languages supported was comparatively small; this changes with the release of Vivaldi 4.3 as the number of supported languages has been increased by 68 for a total of 108 languages.
Vivaldi Translate offers two main functions:
- Right click on the selected text to translate the selection to another language.
- Translate the entire webpage by clicking the translate icon or interacting with the translate prompt.
Other changes in Vivaldi 4.3
- Improved and visually updated screenshot tool with the ability to resize screenshots right in the browser.
- Synchronization configuration has been improved in the new browser version: “Now more intuitive, the revamped synchronization features icons and colors that draw attention to key features and options and improve configuration and retrieval of the account “.
- The download panel now displays a graph that visually displays the download speed over time. In addition, new buttons to restart downloads or search for downloads on the system.
- Mail and Calendar The OAuth connection has been changed to be exclusively for the Mail and Calendar tool, and no longer for the browser. It prevents logging in to all Google services when users access Gmail in the Mail tool (and log in to access data). Additionally, new drag and drop support for attachments.
- Vivaldi ‘Feed Reader supports subscription to YouTube channels without being logged into a YouTube or Google account.
- Vivaldi 4.3 supports the installation of PWA.
- Vivaldi 4.3 for Android supports the new Tab Stack Toolbar feature. It allows users to switch tabs in a stack of tabs when they are on a web page.
Now you: have you ever tried the new Vivaldi 4.3?