URL sharing via QR code and an update to Chromium 87 – Vivaldi Browser snapshot 2110.3

Today’s snapshot bumps Chromium to 87 and adds a new way to share URLs.

Page displaying a QR code popup

URL sharing

This snapshot includes a small feature to ease the sharing of URLs with QR codes, via a small button in the URL field. While it is easy enough to copy and paste from the URL field on your own machine, the point of the QR version of the URL is to share addresses with other machines, without the requirement of a direct network connection, or proxying server between them. This could be useful for the following use cases, and likely many more.

It provides a really simple way to transfer the URL of the page you are currently viewing to another device, such as a phone, without needing a sync account. This could be handy for those of you that do not want to sign up for sync, don’t have a device that supports Vivaldi sync, or perhaps want to transfer the URL to a (nearby) friend’s phone. Moving URLs to another device is especially handy if you are reading a page on your desktop and want to copy it elsewhere to continue “on the go”.

Another scenario is when you would like to include the URL in printed media. A QR code makes it easy for people to get the URL from printouts, without the need to manually type it in (again they can just scan it with their phone). Perhaps the URL could be for an event you are setting up or maybe a link back to your business, website or social media account. By using the QR sharing popup, you can either download or copy the URL to the clipboard for straight forward embedding into a document. Then you can just add the QR code to a flier, business card, sticker or t-shirt!

We plan to look at other ways to simplify sharing URLs and this button may therefore evolve into a more generic sharing button, but for now it is via QR code and thus the button reflects that. For this snapshot we have enabled it by default to give you a chance to quickly try it out, but we may switch it off in the future while we consider how we want the feature to evolve. To enable or disable it yourself, simply use: “Settings → Address Bar → Address Field Options → QR Code Generator”.

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