There are several Internet browsers out there and among a sea of well-established players, it becomes extremely hard to stand out for other competitors. However, Vivaldi has definitely made a move that is likely to attract attention towards its Internet browser as it is now the first browser, as per company’s claims, which lets you adjust the lighting of your home. To recall, the browser saw its public launch back in April this year, and is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.
With its latest update to version 1.5, the browser has integrated the support for Hue colour lights from Philips. In order to allow the browser to change the home-lighting according to the “colour of the Web”, you need to go browser’s settings and tap on Philips Hue Bridge to confirm the connection. You can further choose the lights that can be controlled by the browser.
“This is just a first step for us but imagine a world where you get notified for a new email or web notification through a light bulb,” company’s CEO Jon von Tetzchner was quoted as saying in a press release regarding the update. “Vivaldi is all about customisation and flexibility. Integrating with IoT devices like Philips Hue makes it possible for Vivaldi to adapt to you and your everyday life,” Tetzchner added.
Apart from this unique addition, the update also brings much-requested tab dragging feature. The company has further added the support to drag tab stacks and tab selections, which enable users to move tabs between windows with ease. The update also adds a button for ‘reader view’ directly to the address bar to provide easy accessibility to the users and remove clutter from webpages.
Vivaldi now offers delta updates on Windows, which essentially means that instead of downloading the entire binary for the update, only the changes are downloaded from release to release.
“Thinking beyond a browser and entering the real world is not only adventurous but also encourages the spirit of innovation and experimentation. We are open to new ‘out of the box’ ideas that make your browsing experience more creative and pleasurable. Ideas from our users and continuous implementations of those ideas only strengthen our relationship with them,” Tetzchner said.