Android Automotive launches its first fully-fledged Vivaldi browser to Polestar 2 screens

1640355439 Android Automotive launches its first fully fledged Vivaldi browser to Polestar

Vivaldi arrived on Android phones last year, offering native ad blocking, protection monitoring, synchronizing user data across devices, and a tablet interface reminiscent of a desktop browser.

Now, the browser is coming to Android Automotive. Especially for the Polestar 2 infotainment system, which allows you to access Google Assistant without the need to install an Android phone.

It is a touch-based browser that works fully, not the standard app-based system offered by Android Auto or Echo Auto. So you can go to sites like YouTube that most OSs would be automated never leig.

Of course, the Vivaldi Android Automotive OS does not disregard safety like, say, a Tesla touchscreen, which completely lets you play games while driving. Instead, you can only use it when you have a full parking lot; as soon as you start driving, it will switch to "audio-only." That way, you can start a Zoom call with colleagues before you start driving, or use YouTube or Netflix as a podcast on long road trips.

If you have a Vivaldi account, this browser syncs with your other browsers, making it easier to access your bookmarks. However, Polestar itself will not have access to your private browsing data. Again, this is completely different from the Tesla browser, which basically stores your data.

Vivaldi says that it will regularly update the Android Automotive browser along with its other platforms, and that it will be available in European, North American and Asia Pacific markets where the Polestar 2 is launched. reic. Recently, the Vivaldi 5.0 update added dual tabs and a side panel for larger screens like tablets. In theory, both new devices could appear in the Automotive-based version.

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Unfortunately, other Android Automotive cars do not get this browser. Theoretically, Vivaldi could take Volvo, GMC, Ford, or Lincoln cars with this future infotainment show; we will reach out to Vivaldi and provide an update if they confirm or deny this.

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