Vivaldi takes on time tracking apps with browser upgrade

Last week I spent 16 hours and 2 minutes on social networking sites. Today I read this data from Rescuetime app, but in the future, I can do it straight from my Vivaldi browser.

Vivaldi is a newcomer on the market dominated by Chrome, it launched 12 months ago, tailoring the product for heavy web-users taking on Google’s Chrome and Firefox. Vivaldi, led by Opera founder Jon von Tetzchner, started in 2014 to build a user-focused web browser and launched the first technical preview in January 2015. Already before the launch to the general public, it counted downloads in millions.

Vivaldi’s new History feature lets users explore their browsing patterns, backed by statistics and visual clues.

“We want to make browsing history more useful than ever before,” says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO at Vivaldi Technologies. “Instead of having to scroll through hundreds of lines, Vivaldi gives a comprehensive overview of history, presented in a visual way. This lets our users analyze their online activity and helps them find what they are looking for.”

The new History feature lets Vivaldi users quickly scan through visited websites and get helpful hints for finding old URLs. In addition to the list of URLs offered by most browsers, Vivaldi shows history in a calendar view with detailed statistics about previously visited sites. Graphs and a color-coded heat map overlay add another dimension, showing peaks of online activity and key browsing trends.


All of this information is strictly private and local to a user’s computer – Vivaldi doesn’t collect user’s history data.

“The new History feature shows the kind of data that could be tracked by third parties,” says von Tetzchner. “Instead of trying to monetize our users’ browsing patterns, we are giving them this data – for their eyes only.”