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Version four of the Samsung Browser should be out soon

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Version four of the Samsung Browser should be out soon
Samsung is about to release the fourth version of its Android browser, the one it employs on its Galaxy S handsets. The manufacturer has a goal. It wants to stop those purchasing models like the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 from automatically setting up Chrome to be the default browser on the phone. To do that, it needs to make sure that the Samsung Browser is the easiest to use and offers more features than Chrome.

Manufacturers don't have a choice but to include Chrome on their phones if they want to offer Google's services on their handsets. So that is why many Android phones contain two browsers, two calendars and two photo gallery apps out of the box. One is from the manufacturer, and the other is from Google.

An early look at the next version of the Samsung Browser shows that it renders websites more accurately than the previous version, offers a plug-in for ad blockers, and a Privacy Mode which prevents cookies, passwords and other data from getting stored on the phone. The new version of the Samsung Browser outperformed other mobile browsers, including Chrome, based on the HTML5 test offered by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
 
If Samsung can convince Galaxy S users that its browser is better than Chrome, consumers might not feel the need to stray from the Samsung brand  next time they go shopping for a new handset. With a lot of things on the line, expect Sammy to deliver a much improved fourth version of the Samsung Browser.


source: Forbes

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posted on 31 Jan 2016, 21:25 3

1. zeeBomb (Posts: 1779; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


1. This should be on the playstore and
2. The great wait for a port is soon to come.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 21:49 1

3. joey_sfb (Posts: 5331; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I don't use any default Samsung apps because I don't want my data to be only accessible thru Samsung devices.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 03:06

20. Fellwalker (Posts: 302; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


1. Did you see the third image?

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 17:23 1

26. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3259; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


i use samsung browser more than chrome and its my default now on the gs6 since it was so mutch faster just wish ad blocker and pop up blocker i would pay for that s**t like 10 dollars for the browser with speed and no ads.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 21:39 9

2. GeorgeAF (Posts: 37; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


I honestly prefer the Samsung native browser over Chrome. I find it less vulnerable to those silly ad pop-ups and I dont have to fiddle with it to get the most out of it. The only downside being that it probably uses more bandwidth than Chrome but regardless, I enjoy the experience. I cant wait to see how the version 4 will look like.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 23:12 1

8. RoboticEngi (Posts: 583; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


Yup me too. It is faster than chrome and doesn't eat up tons of memory. Plus you can use the fingerprint scanner to login at websites. After getting the S6, I am using a lot of samsungs own apps and almost none of googles or 3rd party apps for the basics. Such as browser, texting, phone, gallery, camera etc.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 22:09 3

4. manojmcn (Posts: 399; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)


For a long time I'm using Samsung browser.It's simpler than chrome for me. The first thing I do after buying a Samsung phone is to disable Chrome.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 22:10 1

5. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1491; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Great news as this outperforms chrome. Props to Sammy for Moving the browser to the Playstore. They should move all their built-in apps to the playstore so that those apps could be easily updated through the store and thus eliminating the need for a software update for these minor changes. Also those who use older Samsung devices (more than 2yrs old) will also get these app updates even if they are left out in Sw updates.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 22:24

6. joey_sfb (Posts: 5331; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


That's is unlikely to happen. In fact i am surprise they still hang on to Android, I think they will actually be better off investing on their own OS Tizen.

Samsung fans could have a unified platform for their TV, phone, Refrigerator, Air-con, robotic vacuum machine, toaster,juicer, coffee maker and etc...etc.

Life is a bliss with Samsung.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 23:09 2

7. RoboticEngi (Posts: 583; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


But samsung fans don't want their own eco system. Then we would be forced to use samsung for everything.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 23:35 1

10. talon95 (Posts: 465; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


Their brand would fall apart with Tizen alone. Even worse than MS and BB probably.

They need to make IoT work through Android to succeed IMHO.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 01:21 1

18. joey_sfb (Posts: 5331; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Samsung is already the leading brand on Android ecosystem but we still hear that they are not happy.

They want Apple type of control and profits. Only way to do that is to develop Samsung version of iOS called Tizen. Lock everything they make into that single platform.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 03:38

27. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 448; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Sure, bu then they'll lose all their customers. Stupid sheep are already buying Apple and have no need to get tricked into another locked ecosystem.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 07:11

22. ph00ny (Posts: 1164; Member since: 26 May 2011)


it works in both Android and iOS

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 02:40

19. Cicero (Posts: 854; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


This is the real move. Put them on the Play Store and take care of those apps. Otherwise you will have the last version when you buy the phone but the world is moving on. So after 6 months you will replace the browser with Chrome because new features or speed is better at that time wirh it because of time improvements.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 23:13

9. benno (Posts: 94; Member since: 17 Apr 2015)


Why would anyone use the samsung browser?
Apart from people like my mum who dont understand that is.

Fiddle with chrome to get the most out of it?? lol.

Open, login, use.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 23:57 1

11. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


It is vertically integrated. Hence, consumes less power and performs better. It's kind of the same reason why you use safari on ios.

Also it supports cool stuff like logging into websites with fingerprint and soon it will have adblock plug in

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 00:33 2

16. Lmao2013 (Posts: 44; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)


You will be able to use fingerprint in chrome when marshmallow arrives.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 00:37 1

17. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


True, but Chrome still won't perform as good. Samsung browser is specifically optimised for hardware. It's the only mobile browser which is close to as fast as safari.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 03:10

21. Fellwalker (Posts: 302; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


early on with my tab s, I got rid of the Samsung browser to use first dolphin, and now Firefox. can't say I like chrome, but do use it occasionally to try and see what all the fuss is about.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 07:12

23. ph00ny (Posts: 1164; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Other than cross-syncing with my other devices, i see no reason not to use chrome. It's much more nimble than chrome on the note 5

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 00:13

12. catze86 (Posts: 594; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Well, it is not I dont like Chrome browser as my main browser. Just like the other mentions above, it has cool stuff and I too familiar with Samsung own apps since the first time I used Bada OS. Now I have very hard time to erase google bloatwares like GMovie, G Play Book and Etc without Root or something. I just need their Youtube and G Mail.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 00:15 2

13. DRS1977 (Posts: 418; Member since: 27 May 2015)


Crazy that Samsung's own web browser is better than Android Chrome.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 00:30

15. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


This has been the case since the Galaxy S 1. Samsung and HTC's custom browser was better way back then.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 00:29

14. jroc74 (Posts: 5986; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"Manufacturers don't have a choice but to include Chrome on their phones if they want to offer Google's services on their handsets. So that is why many Android phones contain two browsers, two calendars and two photo gallery apps out of the box. One is from the manufacturer, and the other is from Google."

And it has been this way for a long time. Before Chrome was created. Why do I bring this up? Because of the silly anti competitive claims that keep getting thrown at Google.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 08:02

24. lallolu (Posts: 453; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


I think Samsung browser is nice but I love chroome for the fact that it syncs my browsing information accross devices. I don't need to type passwords, bookmarks are already available, etc. I guess Samsung can do something similar but then one needs to start adding bookmarks, passwords, etc which isonly useful on samsung devices.

If samsung can find a way to sync google brwoser data to Samsung's, then I am all for the Samsung browser.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 08:47

25. tokuzumi (Posts: 927; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


I've maybe used the samsung browser on my S4 2-3 times. It's been Chrome the entire time. I can't believe someone actually uses the default browser.

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