Samsung Internet, which is the company s own mobile web browser, is finally out of beta. The app is now being made available for a range of Android devices, which includes some non-Galaxy smartphones as well. For quite a while now, the Samsung Internet browser has been in beta and was only accessible on Samsung devices running Android Lollipop and above. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022Also Read - Galaxy S21 FE to support 25W charging but will Samsung put it in the box?
The news of the mobile web browser breaking out of beta was spotted by a user on Reddit, who also shared the link to the browser app on the Play Store. However, while many users on the Reddit thread said that they were able to access the Samsung Internet app on their non-Samsung Android device, however, the Play Store listing still reads, Officially supported devices are all Samsung Galaxy and Google Nexus phones with Android 5.0 and above. According to the Reddit thread, many OnePlus, Nexus and Galaxy S users also have been receiving support for the browser. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy M32 launch in India next week: Top specs, price around Rs 15,000, more
But to know if your Android device is compatible with the Samsung Internet web browser, you can simply head to the Play Store, and the listing itself would point out if your device will support the app or not.
For the ones who don t know, Samsung Internet browser is similar to how Apple has the Safari app on mobile, except it s not as exclusive and is slowly being opened to other Android smartphones than Samsung s own. ALSO READ: Samsung My Galaxy app: Your destination for movies, music, gaming, and more
The Samsung Internet browser comes with a myriad of features, like video assistant or a quick menu. The Video Assistant on the browser lets you switch between various viewing modes while watching videos. And a pop-up player lets you browse the web while watching videos. You can also view immersive videos right in the browser without needing to wear a GearVR headset. You can swipe to pan 360 videos to look around. The Quick Menu, on the other hand, can be enabled in the Extensions, providing fast access to useful features.
Talking about Extensions, if you use Google Chrome on your computer and want to sync bookmarks and opened tabs to your phone running Samsung Internet, there’s a Chrome extension for that too.
Additionally, the browser also has something called Progressive Web Apps, which are applications that can be installed like apps or used in the browser. When the page you are viewing supports this feature, an indication badge will appear in the URL bar. And very similar to the Safari mobile web browser, swiping left or right in the URL bar or bottom toolbar will help users navigate to your previous or next tab.
Further, the Samsung Internet mobile web browser integrates web payments within the browser. Shopping on the web will get more secure and easier than ever with support for the new Web Payments API, letting you check out and pay securely with just a few taps.
Then, the Samsung Internet web browser has something called CloseBy. Basically, when you approach a Physical Web beacon, the CloseBy service will make a notification showing the title and description of the website. Letting you easily access useful information close by. ALSO READ: How to use Samsung Pay in India: Here s our complete guide on how it works, how to setup and transact
While the mobile web browser is being rolled out for other Android devices as well, Samsung does stress on its superior compatibility with its own devices. The browser supports Virtual Reality, where if you place the phone into the Gear VR headset while viewing a web page, it will open in Samsung Internet for Gear VR. Additionally, Samsung Internet has been optimized for desktop browsing with the DeX dock too.