Samsung Internet beta now works on most Android devices, not just Samsung's

Samsung Internet running on an LG G6 in high contrast mode

Samsung Internet running on an LG G6 in high contrast mode

Even though Samsung is often criticized for its software offerings, one of its apps has always stood out as a highlight: Samsung Internet. The company's in-house browser has proven itself as a worthy competitor to Google's Chrome, thanks to its multitude of extra features, the most notable being support for extensions and contend blockers.

Being Samsung-made, however, meant being exclusive to the company's own devices for quite a while. This changed back in March of last year, when the beta version of the browser became available on Google's Nexus devices. And now, the beta has gained support for other devices as well: everything running Android 5.0 Lollipop and up, to be exact.

However, support for non-Samsung/Google devices is limited to the beta version only, though it should eventually make its way to the stable branch as well. Samsung hasn't given a concrete timeframe yet, but it's worth noting that Nexus/Pixel support only made its way to the stable version a couple of months ago, which doesn't inspire much hope, but we'll see.

But besides this, the v6.2 beta adds a few more interesting features. The most notable of these is the high contrast mode, which enables for easier reading for visually impaired people (and is a separate option from the existing night mode). But alongside it there's an upgrade to a new, snappier version of the Chromium rendering engine, as well as several more experimental features like WebVR support for Google Cardboard and the ability to control Bluetooth devices right from inside the browser.

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source: Samsung via CNET

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30 Comments

1. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 2015

Actually it is the best browser for Android, surprisingly so.

16. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Better than the CAF Chromium builds from XDA users?

2. Leo_MC

Posts: 6623; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Maybe this is better than the browser that Samsung uses on TVs with Tizen, which is really-really-reeeeeeeally bad.

3. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Samsung is widely opened-mind and always brings the best experience to all users from different spectrum.

28. CAVBR

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

It would be interesting if she did the same with your Music Player app.

4. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Hmmmmm.....odd....it works in my S8

8. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

It's even embedded on Note4 . And not beta, but real Samsung Internet browser.

5. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Time to start prepping for my Note 8, switching browsers.

9. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Already liking it over Opera on my OnePlus as it can print to PDF, seems just as compatible with web pages as chrome, and also has AdBlock...

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Opera Mini is still a keeper for me as their Data Saver reduce mobile data consumption. It's also one of the best tools to navigate Facebook.

27. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Yeah, was also using Opera a replacement for the battery-hogging facebook app, and it worked with facebook messages on the site without being redirected to download the also battery hogging messenger app. With this Samsung browser can't respond to facebook messages anymore. Data savings aspect, AdBlocker extensions do the same in this one for me.

6. baldilocks

Posts: 1452; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Really needs pull to refresh.

12. cmdacos

Posts: 3872; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Has it already. At least in the beta version.

7. Cat97

Posts: 1766; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Actually, it's much better than Google Chrome.

29. CAVBR

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

That's because it's based on it! Lol

10. redmd

Posts: 1910; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

The best browser in mobile phones. Oh and don't forget to install the add on adblock. One of the reasons I switched back to Android.

21. iushnt

Posts: 3060; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

You had to switch back to android for adblock?

23. redmd

Posts: 1910; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Yep. Also for iOS users, try opening the site partners.uber.com if it opens. It won't on my 7plus that's why I switched back to Android. Happy with my S8+ at the moment.

25. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Worked for me on 6S. I don't know why you needed to switch for adblock, I have ad block on Safari. Ad Guard to be exact.

11. Jacksie66 unregistered

Great app for blocking ads on this site. This site has to be one of the worst for ads..

13. smajilya

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

My favourite browser in my Note5.

14. brasstax

Posts: 539; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Hi there are various options listed under adblock... which one do you recommend to install?

15. brasstax

Posts: 539; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Samsung has both the best android browser as well as the best android keyboard.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I like the browser, but hate the keyboard. Oh well, to each his own.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Love the browser, and the keyboard is always great.

19. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I like the #'s row

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Me too, one of my favorite features.

24. redmd

Posts: 1910; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

It was my favorite keyboard prior to SwiftKey. This one has amazing predictions its crazy.

26. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

no proper text reflow so back in the bin for you , back to opera

30. CAVBR

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

It has already been a great step to allow several Galaxy devices to upgrade to this version (such as the Galaxy Grand Prime Value Edition). Now it is expected to do the same with Samsung Music, Samsung Clock, Samsung Calendar, Samsung Notes, Samsung Calculator, etc.

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