Samsung Internet Browser major update adds CloseBy, QR Reader new features

It's been less than a week since Samsung launched its proprietary Android browser in the Google Play, and it looks like the company has just outed a major update that adds a couple of new features that didn't make it in the initial release.

Samsung Internet Browser 5.4 offers a lot of additional features and extensions that are meant to provide users intuitive ways to get more out of their mobile internet experience.

The new CloseBy extension is an IoT-to-browser app that offers users more information about their surroundings. The new feature is now part of the Samsung Internet Browser, so when users are near a Physical Web beacon that pushes a URL, they will be provided with a notification.

For example, whenever you're approaching a bus station, CloseBy will receive a notification URL that enables you to quickly visit a site that offers details on bus routes and arrival times. The same goes for other activities like going to a museum or a movie where you will be provided with information with about art or films.

The addition of a QR code reader allows users to scan QR codes faster and easier without having to close the internet browser. You'll have to enable this function from the “Extension” menu.

The new Samsung Internet Browser 5.4 features full Samsung DeX support, which means you'll be able to open multiple browsers at the same time, similar to multiple tab browsing. The browser even allows you to toggle between mobile and desktop versions of the same page. Keep in mind that DeX support is only compatible with Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones.

Finally, the web engine of the Samsung Internet Browser has been upgraded to Chromium 51.2704, and there's an improved Content Blocker extension that allows users to download and install third-party content blocker add-ons.



1. boriqua2000

Posts: 258; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

We need built in ad blocker out of the box.

4. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Why? They're easy enough to add. With the beta, you can run up to 5 at a time.

5. villagerguyz

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

i think the stable ones also can run up to 5 too

2. iushnt

Posts: 3141; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

This is the best browser for android.

3. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

It has had the QR for ages......

6. nikhil23

Posts: 490; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

yea. It had QR for quite a while now

7. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Used to be lighter browser now it's an par with google chrom when it comes to space required Samsung internet browser 117MP Chrom 170MP I know still lighter than chrom, but not that much.

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Samsung internet browser 117MP Chrom 170MP" 117MP (megapixels)? :O I understand you meant to say megabytes (MB), anyways!

9. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Lol my bad yeah MB I'm in harry when I wrote this comment.

10. redmd

Posts: 1947; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I wish it's on the Appstore. Safari is not very useful.

11. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Just test. The best browser for Android. I am ditching the Chrome where I use in my life time since own Android phone. Pretty awesome and smooth everywhere with support of PC extension for Chrome Bookmark.

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