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Android Automotive says ‘hello’ to Vivaldi, the first third-party web browser on the Android Auto replacement platform

Android Automotive continues to take steps forward to become a robust, complete and independent mobile phone operating system. In favor of this, the owners of Polestar 2 electric cars they will be able to use an alternative to Google Chrome to explore the web. This is Vivaldi, the first third-party browser available for this platform.

In a blog post, Vivaldi claims the version of the Polestar car navigator with Android Automotive It has the same characteristics as the one for smartphones, so the experience will be similar. To do this, the developers have worked to adapt their software to the 11-inch screen of the vehicle console.

A complete navigator in the car

The result is a complete browser with tabs, web page translation system, note-taking extension, the ability to play content from sites like YouTube and sync data through a Vivaldi account. All this without neglecting the privacy concept promoted by the company, thanks to an integrated ad blocker and tracking protection.

At the moment, the Vivaldi browser is only available for Polestar 2 cars. Homeowners in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific will be able to download it from the Play Store app store from your car’s infotainment screen. Once installed they will receive regular updates like the other platforms (Windows, macOS, Linux and Android).

Vivaldi comes to the Polestar 2 first because Polestar, a sub-brand of Volvo, is the first manufacturer in the entire industry to bring Android Automotive to its production cars. Remember that it is a full version of the operating system for cars that does not require the use of a smartphone and incorporates many features from Android 12.

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It is expected that in 2022 manufacturers such as Honda, Volvo, Renault, Ford or General Motors will start using Android Automotive in some of their models, so the Vivaldi browser could also reach them in the future. Of course, in any case, it is necessary to remember that Vivaldi or Chrome they can only be used with the car stopped.

Images | Vivaldi