When it comes to Samsung, much of the attention has been on its pair of Galaxy S8 flagships and upcoming Galaxy Note 8, and rightfully so – the phones look to be the most popular choices in the land of Android. What has quietly gone under the radar is Samsung Internet, Samsung’s mobile browser that can now be used across almost any Android device.
The announcement comes as a welcome treat, since Samsung Internet was exclusive to Samsung phones and tablets. At the same time, the announcement is the company’s crescendo from an earlier Samsung Internet beta that spread its wings on Google Nexus and Pixel devices in March. In other words, it was only a matter of time until that list included other Android devices.
Samsung Internet is in somewhat of an unenviable position, however. Even though the browser has over 100 million downloads, the likes of Chrome, Opera, and Firefox dominate the mobile browser landscape.
Even so, there is plenty to like about Samsung Internet. For one, the latest beta update introduces a high contrast mode that should make reading more comfortable for those with impaired vision. The update also lets you play around with Bluetooth and WebVR from the browser, as well as sync across multiple devices.
Finally, and likely the feature that will interest the most folks, is the quick access to content blockers. Samsung got serious about content blocking when it gave Samsung Internet ad block support, and the company has only doubled down in that area ever since. The latest beta update continues that trend, with a list of extensions built into the settings menu.
If you already use Samsung Internet or are interested in trying out Samsung’s mobile browser, the beta update with all the aforementioned features will roll out worldwide over the next few days. Those on the stable version will need to wait a bit longer, since the beta will be updated several times before primetime.
Just make sure your Android device is relatively modern – Samsung Internet will not work on anything older than Android 5.0 Lollipop.