Samsung phones offer a completely different experience than Google, thanks to a single user interface that is superimposed on top of Android OS, but it goes beyond that. The company offers its own suite of apps, including an app store, photo gallery, file manager, and web browser in the form of Samsung Internet.
Samsung Internet comes preloaded with all other applications even on the best Samsung Galaxy smartphones and cannot be uninstalled. This pessimistic approach seems to cost the browser its reputation, but how is it really fair?
This article covers everything you need to know about Samsung Internet, including its history, notable features, and comparison with Google Chrome.
A brief history of Samsung Internet
Samsung created its own internet browser in 2012 as a default option on its Galaxy devices. But it wasn’t just made for mobile phones or just to create a browser. It was the company’s way of bringing the web to its products, including tablets, Gear Watch, smart TVs, Gear VR, and home appliances.
In its early days, Samsung Internet was not based on Chrome. However, about a year later, in 2013, the OEM decided to build the browser on Chromium despite looking at options like WebKit, Gecko, and Blink. The first version of the new browser shipped with the Galaxy S4 version later that year.
In 2015, the browser became available for download on the Google Play Store before making its way to Tizen smartwatches via the Samsung Galaxy Store. As of 2016, Samsung was estimated to have approximately 400 million active monthly users. Recent Studies It turns out that Samsung Internet accounts for 5.48% of the mobile and tablet browser market.
Noteworthy Browser Features
While Samsung Internet may be considered an unnecessary addition to the company’s owned Android skin by many users, it has several noteworthy features that make it one of the best and most complete mobile browsers. Here are some of them
Password protected secret mode
Incognito mode is a staple in most browsers, allowing you to browse the web without worrying about your saved search history, cookies, and data collection (to some extent). But these features are not really useful for the average user. Samsung Internet elevates things with the most practical Secret Mode.
In addition to the previously mentioned features, the browser has an option to block access to secret mode with a password, fingerprint ID, or facial recognition so that private tabs can only be accessed by you. Moreover, it hides files downloaded using secret mode from gallery, so that they can only be viewed in secret mode.
To protect secret mode with a password:
- Launch the browser.
- Click on hamburger menu button in the lower right corner of the screen.
- Choose Settings of options.
- go to the Personal browsing data under Privacy tab.
- Choose Secret Mode Settings from the bottom of the list.
- Toggle the button next to Use password.
privacy control panel
Most websites offer anti-tracking and pop-up blocking features. However, Samsung Internet does provide a dashboard for your web browsing sessions for the week. You can see which websites have tracked you and which websites, pop-ups, and automatic downloads have been blocked.
There is also a Smart Anti-tracking feature that you can set to always block sites from following you on the web or only do so when confidential mode is on.
To configure the Intelligent Anti-tracking feature:
- Go to Settings.
- Choose Browse the privacy dashboard.
- Faucet Smart Anti-tracking.
- Choose an option.
If you watch a lot of video content in your browser, you can attest that many sites host their videos on platforms other than YouTube. As a result, the playback controls can be different and sometimes unintuitive. Video Assistant is Samsung’s way of simplifying the experience by offering a single layout for online videos. This gives you a set of floating playback buttons that are similar no matter what website you’re on.
The tool includes general controls such as auto-rotate, video resizing, and locking to restrict changes. You can swipe up and down on the left and right sides of the screen to increase or decrease the brightness and media volume, respectively, or swipe left or right from the center to quickly rewind or forward the video. Double tap to rewind and fast forward for 10 seconds is also supported. The only thing missing is the ability to change the video quality.
To enable the video assistant:
- Play file Browser.
- open the Settings menu.
- go to the Useful Features.
- flip file Video assistant switch.
Lots of customization options
When you think of customization, browsers don’t immediately come to mind unless you use Samsung Internet. Its customizations go beyond add-ons by giving you options to make your browsing experience your own.
For starters, you can tweak the browser’s main menu by adding or removing icons, just as you would with Android’s quick settings menu. Simply tap on the hamburger icon in the bottom right corner of the screen and long press on any of the options to get started.
You can show or hide the status bar, tab bar, bookmarks bar, or change the position of the address bar from top to bottom to improve accessibility. Options can be found under Planning and menus on the settings page. But there is more.
going to Web page view and scroll It allows you to change or hide the position of the scroll bar, modify the text size on web pages, enable or disable zoom, enable or disable zoom on pages, customize the font size on websites, or always use the desktop layout. You can also enable buttons to go up or down the page.
Samsung Internet vs Google Chrome
You can’t talk about mobile browsers without mentioning Google Chrome, the most popular option with over 10 billion downloads. So, how does Samsung Internet stack up against the Google solution?
Both programs are similar in terms of browsing speed. So, the main differences come by customization, cross-platform syncing, etc. Samsung Internet is the more customizable option between the two. Incognito mode is also more powerful than Chrome’s Incognito mode. And there’s no denying the allure and usefulness of the video assistant and privacy dashboard.
However, one thing Chrome does use is that Samsung Internet will struggle to match it in cross-platform support and sync. If you want to surf the web on your phone and continue on your Windows laptop, MacBook or Chromebook and vice versa, there is no better option than Chrome. And since you’re signed in with your Google account, signing in to the supported websites is easy.
For a more detailed comparison, check out our Samsung Internet vs Google Chrome article.
Samsung Internet deserves more credit than it gets
Samsung Internet is often considered an unnecessary add-on (bloatware) that comes with Galaxy phones. And while this can be annoying, especially since you can’t uninstall the browser, the app is great, outperforming Chrome in many cases. You can say that it is the best option for those who are not interested in syncing across platforms.
If you are among the millions of people who have passed the backlash and opted to use the browser, here are some tips and tricks from Samsung Internet to improve your experience.