Samsung wants you to use their browser on any newer Android device

After running a beta program, Samsung decided to take the leap and jump into the mobile browser market by making its Samsung Internet mobile browser available to any user running Android 5.0 or higher on their device. Previously the Samsung Internet browser was only available on Samsung devices, although Samsung had loosened things up a tiny bit by expanding availability to include Pixel and Nexus smartphones. With the new version 6.2 of the browser rolling out to the Galaxy Apps store and the Google Play Store, Samsung hopes to expand their footprint considerably.

To entice users to consider using an alternative mobile browser like Samsung Internet, a few key features are included. Possibly the one most users will be interested in is the ad-blocking capabilities of the browser. Samsung makes it easy to install your preferred Content Blocker through the settings menu. On top of the ad-blocking, Samsung also includes a Tracking Blocker, built on technology from Disconnect, that blocks all the trackers trying to keep track of you. This feature is enabled by default when a user enters Secret Mode.

Another big feature that many people may be looking for is a Night Mode. Samsung says this mode “reduces the amount of bright light” from a phone, which would be useful when winding down or in darker environments. It is not clear whether this is the same as blue light blocking technology. Samsung has also included a new High Contrast mode which essentially inverts colors.

Samsung is also aware that users move between devices yet want things like their bookmarks available no matter where they are or which device they are using. So they built a Chrome extension that gives users the ability to sync their desktop Chrome bookmarks to the Samsung Internet browser. If a user makes use of “Sync with Samsung Cloud”, the company’s own cloud solution, users can also sync saved pages and open tabs across their Android devices.

In a related move to possibly encourage more use of the Samsung Internet browser even by Samsung device owners, Samsung is also expanding their Samsung Pay and Samsung Rewards program. Users will now be able to use Samsung Pay on websites that have enabled this option with users able to pick their own payment processor. Availability will start in the U.S. Users who use the Samsung Internet browser on a Samsung Pay enabled device will also start earning points in the Samsung Rewards program.

Along with all of these core features added to Samsung Internet, users will also have access to some experimental functions. These include items like WebVR support, Web Bluetooth, WebGL 2, and Gamepad Extensions built on the Gamepad API.

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source: Samsung (Medium)

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • Sean Sorlie

    This is one of the reasons i switched from Samsung. They try to force you on to it regardless of what browser you set as default. They should allow these apps to be removed like they used to do.

    • Ultras1986

      i agree

    • Ultras1986

      i switched samsung with pixel and i never went back ;)