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Samsung challenge Chrome with its own mobile web browser

0. phoneArena 24 Sep 2012, 18:41 posted on

The word around the mobile tech water cooler is that Samsung is looking to differentiate (read: fail to improve) its smartphones with a brand new web browser that it is building in house. The browser is expected to be based on WebKit, just like Google Chrome, and Apple's Safari...

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posted on 24 Sep 2012, 18:52 1

2. jjjsong (Posts: 57; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)


Hopefully it's good and they'll release it as an app where people can download and use (although probably unlikely).

I use chrome mostly right now and it's good, but it definitely can use some improvements. (i.e. loading phonearena.com is super unresponsive before the page load is done - also lags a lot when there are intensive javascript'ed UI elements or videos on the page)

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 18:56 5

3. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Hope they don't plan sMAPS as next big thing ... for me i use default android browser though i have all downloaded for testing responsive sites that we do .. all means maxthon/dolphin/chrome/firefox/opera :)

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 18:57 4

4. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 3510; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


If they keep this up TouchWiz will become an OS while the Android built under it will be lost in the shuffle.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 19:05 5

8. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


They will launch "BANDROID" a cross between BADA and Android with their own browser .. hmmm so that's why they are doing their own browser ... :D

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 22:28

20. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)


They are working on Tizen that's why they are using android as a test OS...i am sure..

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 01:05 2

24. Ohrules (Posts: 314; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


wow, for once you got more thumbs up than thumbs down :P

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 19:00

6. nofear (Posts: 149; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


Replica of web Chrome browser from window base is great. UI is definitely need some attention. Chrome installed on my Asus T300 provide endless features and I loved it.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 19:26 3

10. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its easy. partner with Dolphin or Opera, keep flash support, add a few hooks to samsung apps, rebrand. Bam. "samsung browser". :)

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 07:53

28. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


correction.... S-browser :) but i don't like that idea chrome is gonna kick its ass anyways

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 19:35 7

11. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Samsung is slowly taking step by step to become their own "Apple" and branch off from google.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:31 12

14. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


And that will become their downfall..

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 19:36

12. Apple_Royally_ (banned) (Posts: 42; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


Puffin web-browser is the best. it takes 6seconds to load PhoneArena with Flash on. Beat that.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:27 4

13. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


I prefer the stock browser on the s3 than chrome

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:38

15. remtothemax (Posts: 233; Member since: 02 May 2012)


yay, another reason for android updates to be delayed on samsung devices
just what we need
/sarcasm

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 21:47

16. Ragnarockd (Posts: 47; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


Stock browser is more reliable so far in s3.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 22:04

17. webOSlove (unregistered)


the stock Jellybean browser is faster than Chrome

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 22:04

18. rudlie (Posts: 182; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


DOA like chaton

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 22:14 1

19. aokde (Posts: 186; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


One does not simply compete with google.(read=look what happened to apple, yahoo, and soon microsoft with windows)

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 23:13

21. jtech (Posts: 101; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


The latter will beat them

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 02:10 3

25. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Actually chrome on SGS3 4.04 isn't the smoothest. It's 300 times better than on iOS, yes, but still - I hope Samsung delivers something that is lighter and smoother.

Then again - maybe on 4.1 Chrome will be better.

Oh and yeah - I sold my iPhone 4 at last and got the SGS3. :) Screw you, Apple! :D

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 03:59

26. Samsomesh (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


But did chrome supports flash?? Samsung should develop browser which will support flash contents..like one on safari.!

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 04:52 1

27. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


What Samsung contributed to the Android and webkit source code . Why people still dumb to think that Samsung is a do no evil and all good company ? I agree that one google but Samsung is just the same as apple !
Btw can I port the ics browser to jellybean on my GNexus ? Old ics browser is better than chrome

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 09:35

29. addicted2088 (Posts: 50; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Samsung did one good thing to the default browser during the Gingerbread days: add hardware acceleration to it even though Android itself did not have it, so the browser on the Galaxy S on Gingerbread was the smoothest there was.
But to see their own browser is not a thing I would want to see, but then again, I only buy Nexus devices, so won't really bother me.

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