Samsung offers its own web browser on the Google Play Store
The South Korean firm has not abandoned its ambitions in the software and offers an alternative to Chrome on the Play Store: Samsung Internet, a browser that its customers are already familiar with.
Samsung has been developing its own web browser for years. Until very recently, it was installed only on smartphones and tablets of the brand. But in this month of August 2017, the Korean firm decided to put the Samsung Internet (barely called) Internet available, in beta, of all Android smartphone owners (from version 5.0 onwards).
This browser, based on Chromium, offers some interesting features, details Peter O'Shaughnessy, developer at Samsung. To begin, it accepts third-party extensions. In other words, you can add an antivirus or an adblocker. He suggests several of them directly in the parameters.
Samsung also thought of the visually impaired by incorporating a "high contrast" mode that darkens the bottom of the web pages to make the text more readable (picture right below).
The browser also has a WebVR support option. Those who activate it will then be able to enjoy virtual reality with the Samsung GearVR and Google Cardboard headsets. A feature that Chrome already offers and that Mozilla has integrated with Firefox earlier this week.
And, like its competitors, Samsung Internet allows to synchronize its tabs and favorites with a computer under Chrome. However, the ad hoc extension must be downloaded to perform the operation.
Freeing yourself from Google's dominance
Although this tool has some advantages and has already been downloaded between 100 000 and 500 000 times according to the figures of the Play Store, one may wonder what could have prompted the South Korean brand to enter the market Browsers already well congested and largely dominated by Chrome.