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Samsung challenge Chrome with its own mobile web browser

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Samsung challenge Chrome with its own mobile web browser
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, but it's unclear exactly how and where Samsung plans to deploy the browser. 

It should be mentioned straight off that WebKit is an open-source browser engine to which both Google and Apple have contributed quite a lot, so Samsung is sort of using Google and Apple's work to build a competing browser. The expectation is that Samsung's browser will become a standard part of its TouchWiz layer in Samsung Android devices, meaning it will follow along with Samsung's proprietary changes to Android's Calendar, E-mail, Messaging, etc. And, much like those other TouchWiz apps, it will be up to the user to decide if you think the changes are actually for the better or not. Although, unlike those apps, you should still be able to get Google Chrome from the Play Store, whereas the stock Android apps are lost to you. 

What is unclear about this story is what other platforms could see the Samsung browser. It seems pretty likely that an in-house browser would either be ported to or from Samsung's bada platform. Some other news outfits are claiming that this browser will "compete" with Apple's Safari, but it seems highly unlikely that Samsung would release its browser on iOS, which is the only place to "compete" with Safari. In the meantime, Samsung has a pretty tall order trying to go up against Google Chrome. 

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posted on 24 Sep 2012, 18:52 1

2. jjjsong (Posts: 75; 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 (unregistered)

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: 327; 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: 151; 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: 14605; 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: 5396; 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: 1237; 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: 467; 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: 260; Member since: 02 May 2012)

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

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: 205; 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: 195; 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: 53; 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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