Polestar rolls out Vivaldi web browser on Android Automotive OS

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Polestar has released the Vivaldi web browser on its Polestar 2 model, following user demand for the inclusion of a full-scale web browser in the vehicle, with Vivaldi being the first such program available for Android Automotive OS.

“It’s great that we could answer our owner community’s desire for a browser with Vivaldi as a Christmas present,” commented Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO. “Now there is a whole new world of web content you can explore in Polestar 2 – even some of your favorite streaming platforms.”

Developed for Polestar 2 by the Vivaldi team in Norway, the app brings extensive browser functionality to the 11in center display, and functions similarly to how it would on a mobile device – with tabbed browsing, streaming ability, online shopping and top security measures. The Vivaldi browser is built around flexibility and features a built-in ad blocker, privacy-friendly translation tool, notes function, tracking protection and encrypted sync functionality.

Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, CEO at Vivaldi, added, “We are really proud to introduce our browser to a car for the first time, and specifically with a brand like Polestar. Our technological and sustainability ambitions are well aligned. We value transparency, privacy and responsible innovation – including the fact that we have our servers in Iceland, one of Polestar’s newest markets. Like Polestar, we are a challenger brand, and we take a Scandinavian approach to design, that is based on trust and listening to our users.”

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