Samsung Internet Browser 8.2 adds download speed improvements, deeper Bixby integration

Samsung Internet Browser 8.2 adds download speed improvements, deeper Bixby integration
Samsung is rolling out a new version of its Android browser to all compatible devices. If you already have the app installed on your phone, the update should now be available for download in the Google Play Store.

Samsung Internet Browser 8.2 has been in beta testing since September, but now it's been pushed out to everyone using an Android phone. The new version introduces some new features and major improvements to already available functions.

For example, the latest update adds significant download speed improvements for large files. Whenever the browser will download a file larger than 13MB, it will now get it in chunks using multiple connections. Samsung claims users should get between 15-40% speed improvement when downloading a file with the new version of the browser.


Also, there's a new feature called News in Quick Access, which is only available in the United States and India. If you're using Bixby, you'll be pleased to know that you can now open Samsung Internet Browser with your voice and tell it to search for whatever you wish.

Finally, the update brings a brand new Do-Not-Track option that will tell your browser that you don't want websites you visit to track your location.

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9 Comments

1. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Not gonna lie, it took me a while to warm up to it. The Safari-like content blocker support sold me on it though. DNS ad blockers leave blank ad spots on pages, but Samsung Browser w/ content blocker cosmetically cleans it up. Another feature I like that it took from Safari is the Quick Access screen and the ability to make it the home page

3. Cyberchum

Posts: 1096; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Took "Quick Access" and ability to set it as homepage from Safari? Aren't fanboys delusional? I'm sure that Opera Mini had that, on the s40 platform, back in 2006. Lol.

7. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Yeah, that's who Samsung copied, Opera Mini *rolls eyes*

9. Macready

Posts: 1825; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Not sure if Safari had a Quick Access screen in 2014... but I know my Samsung browser did (since Kitkat 4.4.2)....

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31373; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The version on my Note 9 is newer than this one. Samsung's browser has over taken Safari to me as my preferred browser, other than moving web pages, and Siri voice dictation. Love this browser.

4. Cyberchum

Posts: 1096; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Checked it out on play store and, from the reviews, they are forcing Google as homepage on users. Shameful! I am definitely not updating, especially given that download improvement is the highlight of the update—IDM takes care of downloads for me.

6. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I have 8.2.01.2 and can still use any home page I want.

5. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Still no where compared to Safari, the best browser.

8. japkoslav

Posts: 1521; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Safari is incredibly slow when you use multiple tabs, just to open new window is like 5 times slower than on Brave for example. Brave on Android ofc, where it can use its engine to full effect.

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