Samsung's mobile browser passes an important milestone on the Google Play Store

Samsung's mobile browser passes an important milestone on the Google Play Store
Samsung's internet browser has passed an important and coveted milestone on the Google Play Store – over 1 billion installs. This now-impressive figure has more than doubled in the span of just one year, albeit in large part thanks to Samsung Internet coming pre-installed Samsung devices, which is boosting the numbers exponentially.

Despite this, Samsung Internet has more installs than both Firefox and Opera combined, and though it's trailing behind Chrome, it's still among the most popular Android browsers. Since Google Chrome comes pre-loaded on pretty much every Android phone, it's near impossible to overtake.

Samsung Internet is actually a very well-rounded browser, quick, with many features that can't be found anywhere else, including plugins support and iris authentication on websites. The browser also has a smart dark mode, which turns light backgrounds black or dark-gray, all the while leaving all other colors as they are. What's more, Samsung is committed to regularly updating the browser and adding new features. If you haven't checked it out already, now may be a good time.

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31 Comments

1. redmd

Posts: 1872; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Congrats! To Samsung. The Samsung internet is getting better and smoother.

23. SayMobile

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

I have disabled Chrome in favour of the Samsung Internet Browser as my primary and only browser , and it has not disappointed. I dont miss chrome and doesnt feel the need of any other browser too . This samsung browser is really nice and fast

2. hjl2345

Posts: 68; Member since: Aug 11, 2018

There really isn't much reason to use anything else. You can bring all your favorites from Chrome, it supports ad block, and works on all (most) android phones. Hope to see Samsung to further update this browser in the near future.

8. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

I even watch YouTube on my Samsung browser to stay away from the ads. So much better than YouTube app itself

11. libra89

Posts: 2148; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Same. And then it's so easy to watch things full screen if you want to as well.

3. KingOfAndroid

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

I use Samsung Internet browser only for .......

4. AbhiD

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Now Samsung fans will swarm this article with how Samsung Internet Browser is superior to Chrome and any other browser out there. Accepetd that it has extra functionalities which come in handy, but when will it start loading pages as fast as Chrome or Microsoft Edge? It doesn't have to be painstakingly slow. The day it does, i would start using it. Till then Chrome FTW

9. koioz

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

No it is not as fast as chrome because it is FASTER THAN Chrome.

12. alaw.14

Posts: 411; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

I rely on Samsung internet more than I do chrome and firefox.

5. Juarizs

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 22, 2019

I always use Samsung internet, I love it!

6. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

This is one of the first apps I installed on my Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Samsung Internet is by far the most well-rounded Android Web browser, IMO. The Ad Blocking, Tracker Blocking, Video Assistant as well as Smart Dark Mode make it standout amongst the others. Don't get me wrong, I still feel Google Chrome is a beast at loading pages fast and being a tad bit more fluid overall, but the extra functionality in Samsung Internet wins me over. If Chrome had Ad Blocking/Ad Whitelisting, I'd gladly use it over Samsung Internet.

7. Daftama

Posts: 639; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I can't download YouTube video any more,

10. adeelzsoomro

Posts: 23; Member since: Jan 07, 2019

Samsung internet was my favourite browser in an android, never used any other browsers in the galaxy phones

13. alaw.14

Posts: 411; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Deserves it! It is very good.

14. Leo_MC

Posts: 6131; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Hands down the best Android overall browser. It lacks a decent dark mode to have it all, but I'm sure Samsung will release one very soon.

18. rouyal

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Samsung Internet has a good dark mode that even darkens websites. Three dot menu -> turn on night mode.

19. Leo_MC

Posts: 6131; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I know about it and it's bad (when compared to the one in Edge), because it also changes the websites and dims the menus which makes it impossible to use during the day.

26. Marcwand3l

Posts: 381; Member since: May 08, 2017

LoL, it doesn't change websites. If you would have used it you would have known this.

27. Leo_MC

Posts: 6131; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It makes the white background grey, so it changes the websites.

28. Marcwand3l

Posts: 381; Member since: May 08, 2017

You don't make sense, that's what a dark mode is suppose to do, change the blinding white background. That doesn't mean the site doesn't remain the same it was before.

29. Leo_MC

Posts: 6131; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

A dark mode should change the color of the interface - buttons, bars, borders, menus (btw, the menu color is the same, no matter what mode you use), it shouldn't change the content - the sites should look the same, the pictures, movies, documents etc.

30. Marcwand3l

Posts: 381; Member since: May 08, 2017

That's what a dark or black theme does. You are confusing stuff. And changing those elements in a browser is not important at all when thta's where anybody spends the least amount of time. Samsung's Night Mode is great quality wise and sites look perfect with this mode on, that's why it's my favorite night time browser.

31. Leo_MC

Posts: 6131; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Dude, PhoneArena has white background with black text; when you write a message, there’s a yellow background; with SB everything is different. Edge also has a dark theme but the sites are exactly as they are intent to be. Both look nice and I have no complaints.

17. rouyal

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Its what I have in place of Chrome on any android I have. I find the content blocker on Samsung Internet better than a system wide blocker that youd have to use with Chrome.

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