Version four of the Samsung Browser should be out soon

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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27 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

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

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

20. Fellwalker

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

1. Did you see the third image?

26. engineer-1701d unregistered

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.

2. GeorgeAF

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 25, 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.

8. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 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.

4. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 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.

5. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

7. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

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

10. talon95

Posts: 992; Member since: Jul 31, 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.

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

27. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 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.

22. ph00ny

Posts: 2025; Member since: May 26, 2011

it works in both Android and iOS

19. Cicero

Posts: 1115; Member since: Jan 22, 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.

9. benno

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 17, 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.

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

16. Lmao2013

Posts: 44; Member since: Dec 05, 2013

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

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.

21. Fellwalker

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 04, 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.

23. ph00ny

Posts: 2025; Member since: May 26, 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

12. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

13. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

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

15. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

14. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

24. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 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.

25. tokuzumi

Posts: 1862; Member since: Aug 27, 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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