Allow Automatic Update of the Browser

  • Moderator

    There should be able to automatically update browser in the background, and install a new version after restarting the browser (as option)

  • Moderator

    @cheve11e_191 This might be OK when the browser is well-seasoned and pretty much always-stable, version after version. The outcry here if some of our versions updated in the background would be considerable. Don't you think? I personally never want that to happen in my case, though some might like the option.

  • Moderator

    @ayespy yeah, I think it would not be a problem with Stable Version (there should be predefined auto-update), and as far as Snapshot is concerned, it would be for users whether they want it or not.

    And I have just submitted this proposal because of people who don't how to update a bowser, and then there is a greater risk of using the version with errors.

  • Moderator

    @cheve11e_191 In general, that's probably so - but the update to 1.14 stable, for instance, pissed off a lot of people. I think some others were glad they waited on the update until they had seen some feedback. So - just sayin'...

  • How about delay 24/48hrs silent autoupdate with positive confirmation from early manual update user? That way dev can halt a problematic autoupdate pushing to majority of user if certain amount of early updated user found problem in the update.

    Majority of people r not very smart & will only update their browser when "something is wrong" with the browser they r using. Thus most software support silent auto-update to help these users. But when a bad autoupdate broke the software then it will be a big mess for these not so smart user. However, we can minimize the risk of bad silent autoupdate by first releasing the update through notification/manual update (current update method), then initiate silent autoupdate after 24/48hrs if dev team receive no bad report about the update from early updated user.

    Personally, i always wait a day or two after received update notification to avoid bad update. I despise silent update because it's unreliable & cause too much trouble when it deliver me a bad update.

  • Ambassador

    It just needs another option in Settings, Updates

    Download updates automatically and apply on restart

  • @dude99 Just optional, I want keep my precious manual updates based on forum feedback 😛 ...

  • Best long term solution for this Windows-only consideration would be Store integration.
    Unless there is some expectable fineprint for no browsers beside IEdge!.

  • Moderator

  • That ultimately my hopes (Microsoft did not pull that exact d**k move) would be crushed, I understand…
    @ayespy but after only 5 minutes of dreaming of a bearable present? ☺

  • Ambassador

    This might be okay only if it's opt-in and not opt-out. I want to know about the changelog before updating.

  • yeah, please add an opt-in auto update for people dont have a clue how to update a browser

  • Ambassador

    @usmave said in Allow automatic update of the browser:

    yeah, please add an opt-in auto update for people dont have a clue how to update a browser

    The learning curve is extremely low.

  • Update behaviour could be put in the welcome page:

    ( ) Always update: applied on vivaldi restart/close.
    Default choice for stable.

    ( ) Ask before update: show update window with changelog.
    Default choice for snapshots
    Same of the notify setting checked

    ( ) Manual updates:
    "check for updates" should be used in this case.
    Will trigger the update window with changelog.
    Is the same of notify setting unchecked.

  • It just needs to be opt-in rather than enabled by default. When enabled, I would never want to have to click a button for it to do it, it should just be done automatically without user interaction.

  • I found this option in Vivaldi 2.1.1337.51:

    Notify about updates

    When I uncheck it, does that not update the browser without bothering the user with notifications? Or does it switch off updates as well as notifications of updates? That would be a security hole, in my mind!

  • Ambassador

    @sadetta It shuts off updates as well as notification of available updates. Yes, it is a slight security risk for novice users, but those who choose to disable notifications will check manually for updates from the help menu, or follow the blogs and forums to learn about updates.

    For those of us who visit the forums daily, there is no need to enable notification of updates.

  • @Pesala, ah, then the text on that option is wrong. It should state "Update browser periodically" instead of "Notify of updates" because the option does not control the notifications, but the updating itself then.

  • Moderator

    @sadetta Updates require user intervention. If you turn off notifications, you should check manually from time to time. There is no automated update system that will update your browser without your involvement.

  • Ah, then the text on that option is definitely wrong. How can it "Notify about updates" if it does not update itself. How about something like "Notify when updates are available"?

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