ⓘ Samsung Internet

                                     

ⓘ Samsung Internet

Samsung Internet Browser is a mobile web browser for smartphones and tablets developed by Samsung Electronics. It is based on the open-source Chromium project. It is pre-installed on Samsung Galaxy devices. Since 2015, it has been available for download from Google Play, and recently it is also available for their Tizen-based smartwatch via the Samsung Galaxy Store. Samsung estimated that it had around 400 million monthly active users in 2016. According to StatCounter, it had a market share of around 4.98% around May 2018.

Most of the code differences to the standard Chromium code base were introduced in order to support Samsung-specific hardware, such as Gear VR and biometric sensors.

                                     

1. History

Samsung Internet replaced the stock Android browser as the default on Samsung Galaxy devices in 2012. Around early 2013, it was decided to base the browser on Chromium, and the first Chromium-based version was shipped with an S4 model later that year.

Version 4 Chromium 44 was released in early 2016, adding secret mode, content cards, a floating video, a video history feature, web push, service workers, custom tabs, and a content blocker extension.

Version 5 Chromium 51 was released on December 16, 2016, adding web payment and an enhanced video assistant.

Version 5.4 Chromium 51 was released as a public beta in March 2017, adding tab navigation with a swipe gesture, a quick menu, an enhanced navigation page China only, and a content blocker status UI in menu. The stable version was subsequently released worldwide in May 2017, following the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Version 6.2 Chromium 56 was released on October 30, 2017, adding high contrast mode and night mode.

Version 6.4 Chromium 56 was released on February 19, 2018, adding a download manager and enabled Web Bluetooth by default.

Version 7.2 Chromium 59 was released on June 7, 2018, adding WebGL2, Intersection Observer, Web Assembly and Protected Browsing.

Version 7.4 Chromium 59 was released on August 19, 2018, adding authentication with Intelligent Scan, a customised Reader Mode and Download History improvements.

Version 8.2 Chromium 63 was released in December 21, 2018, adding an improved Download Manager, an improved Reader Mode, bug fixes and stabilization, and quick access sync via Smart Switch.

Version 9.2 Chromium 67 was released in April 2, 2019, removing the "video assistant" extension that was added in previous versions as a "quick menu", adding a redesigned app icon, a further redesigned user interface and respective one-handedness, Smart Anti-Tracking, an option to turn on Save All Images, as well as bug fixes and stabilization.

Version 9.2.10.15 Chromium 67 was released in May 19, 2019, adding a +10 and -10 sec seek function for YouTube web videos, optimized RAM usage, and fixed two bugs affecting Dark Mode and the Iris auto login in DeX Mode.

Version 9.4 Chromium 67 was released in July 22, 2019, adding a QR Code reader, a Tab manager for tablet devices, a Notification manager for Web pushes, History navigation in each tab, video autoplay control, a Rename function while doing "add to home screen", and a Pause/Resume function for "Save all images", in addition to bug fixes and stabilization.

Version 10.1.00.27 Chromium 71 was released in September 8, 2019, adding Quick Access data synchronization and an even furthered refined user interface, and including bug fixes and stabilization.

Version 10.1.01.3 Chromium 71 was released in October 3, 2019, which fixed bugs affecting mirroring in Bookmarks, History and Saved pages for right-to-left languages and refined the user interface again.

Version 10.2.00.53 Chromium 71 was released in November 24, 2019, adding a Video assistant, a Contact us icon, a feature which allows which apps use Samsung Internet, a customizable menu, a renewed Tab manager, a once again refined user interface, an improved high contrast mode and bug fixes and stabilizations.

Version 10.2.01.10 Chromium 71 was released in January 14, 2020, adding an optional Picture-In-Picture video, fingerprint-enabled Easy sign-in Samsung DeX stand-alone mode, an enhanced scroll capture and fixes crashes caused by certain conditions.

Version 11.1.1.52 Chromium 75 was released in February 25, 2020, adding Browser Extensions, which require Android Marshmallow or later and a Galaxy Store account, a redesigned Go to Top button and UI, Quick access, bug fixes and stabilization, and improving performance.

                                     

2. Support

The later version v6.2 of Samsung Internet for Android supports all Android 5.0 and above phones.

Previously, v5.0 Samsung Internet for Android was only supported on Samsung Galaxy and Google Nexus phones with Android 5.0 and above.

                                     

3. Features

  • Content blocking extensions
  • SPen features
  • Reader Mode
  • Ultra Power Saving Mode
  • Saved Pages
  • Open Tabs and Bookmark Sync
  • Gear VR and DeX integration
  • Secure Web Auto Login
  • Support for service workers and Push API
  • KNOX Support
  • Secret mode” and biometric authentication unavailable in Knox-tripped devices