We are at that time of the month when the new versions of the main web browsers on the market appear and it is the turn of Vivaldi 4.2, the knife
Switzerland Scandinavian from which, as expected, it is presented with different novelties. But don’t stress, because this is one of their most restrained updates in recent times.
In fact, Vivaldi 4.2 comes with just three novelties, of which one is very good, another contributes rather little and the third directly is not worth anything. As it is. But do not kill the messenger, because I am dedicated solely to relaying the news that the browser brings, just as Jon von Tetzchner himself, co-founder of Opera and now CEO of Vivaldi, has transmitted them – with nuances – before.
So let’s start with the good things about Vivaldi 4.2, for which you have to go back to the launch of Vivaldi 4.0 last June. Do you remember its great novelty? The web page translator, Yes. Even now, more than three months later, it still doesn’t work at Google’s level, but it’s a satisfactory replacement for as long as possible, given that you can continue to use Google if you want. Vivaldi’s translator is there in case you prefer an alternative that respects your privacy.
However, it lacked a function that is not integrated into the Chrome translator either, but which is available as browser extension from Google -paea any derivative of Chromium, actually, also Vivaldi- and with great success, moreover: the selected text translator. Because there will be times when you only need to translate a fragment, and not the whole page. Vivaldi 4.2 already allows that: select the text you want to translate and use the context menu to complete the action.
The second novelty of Vivaldi 4.2 is the improvement in the generation of QR codes, either through quick commands, keyboard shortcuts or mouse gestures, all in order to share links… faster? Surely there is some situation in which it is faster to share a link to a web page in QR format than to simply share the link by copying and pasting, but… There is the function for those who need it.
Lastly, Vivaldi 4.2 incorporates a new search engine, the only privacy-friendly and ad-free search engine in the world, they say, developed by former Google employees. His name is Neeva and not long ago we told you about him in these pages. And although it seems to be aimed at the US market in principle, but that is the least of it. What is more is that if it is ad-free, it is because it costs $ 5 a month.
Does paying to search make sense? Everything will depend on the quality of the search engine, needless to say. What seems difficult is that no matter how paid it may be, it can compete in quality of results with what already exists, most of which -we are talking about alternative search engines of the proprivacity- is based on results from Google or Bing -after anonymize the search – they are the best in the market for the simple fact that they are products of companies with immense resources.
What does not sound good is that only people with money can afford to search the Internet with true guarantees of efficiency or privacy … and fortunately it is not: there are quite decent alternatives and a new one is being cooked that promises a lot. That a couple of ads appear in the search results is not a major annoyance, as long as it is done reliably.
Returning with Vivaldi 4.2 this is it … with a small plus: intensive users of the panels expand their capacity, allowing to add many more accesses and move through those that are not seen. And now yes, this is it.