Samsung Internet for Android Overview

[Samsung Internet] Mar 21, 2016

Samsung Internet for Android

One Browser for all Samsung Galaxy devices.
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Samsung Internet for Android is a Simple, Fast, and Reliable web browser for your phone and tablet. It has replaced the Android Stock browser on Samsung Galaxy devices since 2012 to provide a browser highly optimized for our devices.

Samsung Internet for Android, the best browser for Galaxy devices. The 4th version of Samsung Internet brings lots of new and exciting features.

More secure

Take your browsing security and privacy into your own hands.
Samsung Internet helps you protect your security and privacy while browsing the internet. Separate business and personal life or safely share your browser with your friend. Try out the new secret mode!
Accessible only after user authentication, the secret mode never reveals your browsing data (including browsing history, search history, cookie, cache, ID/password, auto-fill data).
In addition, Secret mode stores bookmarks and saved pages in a separate space with encryption, using the same level of security as Samsung KNOX.
You can choose to use fingerprint authentication when entering Secret mode for higher security.

More comfortable

Samsung Internet provides you with less visual clutter during your everyday browsing.
Take advantage of content blocking extensions to free your web pages from unnecessary contents.
Content blocking extensions may even reduce your data usage, speed up loading time and reduce battery usage.
This technology enables extensions to better control your online privacy and detect malicious web content as well.

Samsung Internet does not provide the contents blocking filters. Separate apps for such filters need to be installed.

Better integrated with Samsung devices

Samsung Internet aims to provide a consistent and continuous user experience among various Samsung devices.
Samsung Internet for Gear VR lets you enjoy web contents (including streaming video and 3D video) in an immersive environment, as if you were at the theaters. Samsung Internet for Android and Gear VR share bookmarks and video history list, letting you access your favorite web contents more easily.

Continuous upgrade through public app market

Samsung Internet will be updated regularly through public app markets - Google PlayStore and Samsung Galaxy Apps.

Upgrade may be limited to certain device models and operating system versions.
As of March 2016, upgrade to Samsung Internet 4 via app markets is available for Galaxy S7+, S7, Note5, S6 Edge+, S6 Edge, S6, S6 Active, Note4, S5, S5 Neo, S5 Active, S5 Sports, S5 LTE A, Note3, S4, S4 Duos, S4 Active, S4 LTE A, A7, A8, A5x, A7x, and A9x with Android 5.0 and above.

Features

Samsung Internet for Android provides features for increased privacy and security, features for letting users browse to web in a more convenient and easy way, multimedia related features that also let users access videos easily in Samsung Internet for Gear VR, and features that let users access your web sites as if they were native applications.

Security and Privacy

Samsung Internet for Android takes user privacy and security seriously. Secret mode and fingerprint authentication can be used for higher security.

One Browser for all Samsung Galaxy devices
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Enabled only under user authentication, Secret mode never leaves a trail of your browsing data (such as browsing history, search history, cookie, cache, ID/password, and auto-fill data). In addition, Secret mode stores bookmarks and saved pages in a separate space with encryption, using the same level of security as Samsung KNOX. You can choose to use fingerprint authentication when entering Secret mode for higher security. Secret mode is available in Samsung Internet for Android 4.0 and above.

Secure Web Auto Login
Secure Web Auto Login

Samsung Browser is the sole browser that offers login using fingerprint authentication. On devices equipped with fingerprint scanners, Samsung Browser provides a simpler but more secure way for users to login to sites.

KNOX Support
KNOX Support

KNOX is the enhanced mobile security suite provided by Samsung for your business and personal life. Samsung Browser for KNOX incorporates organizational security policies to provide control for web access.

User Convenience

Samsung Internet for Android provides interesting features to make your everyday internet browsing more entertaining and convenient.

Quick Access
Quick Access

As one of the default homepages for Samsung Browser, the Quick Access page enables users to visit their favorite sites with a single click. The default listed sites are selected based on countries, carriers, etc to provide users with a more intimate experience.

Content Cards
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Starting from Samsung Internet for Android 4.0, Content Cards are shown in the Quick Access page, and can be used to dynamically recommend your web contents to users. With Content Cards, users are able to access useful and interesting contents more easily. Please contact browser@samsung.com if interested in providing Content Cards for your site.
* Currently available in Korea and China.

Navigation page
Navigation page

We provide a mobile friendly version of the well-known regional ‘Top Sites’ page. This page can be set as the homepage to provide users with easy access for fun and useful sites.
* Currently available in China and India.

Open Tabs & Bookmark Sync
Open Tabs & Bookmark Sync

Users can sync Open Tabs and Bookmarks with other devices through Samsung or Firefox accounts. When using Samsung accounts, Saved Pages will also be synced.

Reader Mode & Saved Pages
Reader Mode & Saved Pages

Tired of reading cluttered articles? Reader Mode presents articles in a simple layout to make it easier to read.

Saved Pages stores web pages on your device so you can check them at your convenience, even when your device is offline.

SPen features
SPen features

Handy SPen features available on Galaxy Note devices can be used for easy scrapping or sharing of web contents.

Ultra Power Saving Mode
Ultra Power Saving Mode

Samsung Galaxy devices provide an ultra power saving mode and emergency mode for prolonged battery life. Battery power is saved by applying a simplified grayscale theme and limiting the number of usable apps. Samsung Browser is the only web browser that can be used in these modes.

Multimedia

Samsung Internet for Android provides features that let users access and enjoy streaming audio and video content in a more convenient way.

Floating Video
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Users can view online videos in a popup window so they can browse the web while playing videos. Popup videos are supported when your HTML5 Video uses the Samsung Internet for Android default control. Popup Video is available from Samsung Internet for Android 4.0.

Video History
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Samsung Internet for Android 4.0 manages a separate history list for online videos. Users can revisit videos more easily with the video history list. This list is also shared with Samsung Internet for Gear VR (version 1.0 and above) so users can view their favorite videos with a single click, in a more immersive environment.

Web Application

Here are some features provided by Samsung Internet for Android that will let web pages act more like native applications or let applications show web contents more smoothly.

Shortcut Promotion Banner
Shortcut Promotion Banner

"Add shortcut to home screen" lets users launch and explore web pages as if they were native applications. In addition, Samsung Browser recommends shortcut installation for sites frequently visited by the user via notification banners.

Custom Tabs
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Applications needed to use Android WebView or launch external web browsers to let users view web contents. Starting from Samsung Internet for Android 4.0, you can use Custom Tabs in your app to use Samsung Internet for Android in a more integrated way when showing web contents.

Web Push
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Starting from version 4.0 Samsung Internet for Android supports W3C Push API. Your web sites can give push notifications to users just like native applications.

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You can use W3C Service Workers API in Samsung Internet for Android 4.0 and above. Service Worker API allows you to develop web apps that work offline-first and support background processing.

Extensions

Samsung Internet for Android provides extensions so users can utilize useful services for a more pleasant browsing experience.

Extensions
Content Blockernew

Starting from 4.0, Samsung Internet for Android allows 3rd party apps to provide filters for Content Blocking. You can let users browse the web without unnecessary content cluttering their screens.

Region Specific Features

It’s a small world, but we still have our differences!

Samsung Internet for Android tries to understand local trends and cultures, and provides features that let users access their favorite sites more easily.

In addition to Quick Access page being customized to reflect regional preferences, we are consistently trying to better understand our users and support region specific features when necessary.

Restrictions

Supported devices:
Samsung Internet 4.0 – Galaxy S7+, S7, Note5, S6 Edge+, S6 Edge, S6, S6 Active, Note4, S5, S5 Neo, S5 Active, S5 Sports, S5 LTE A, Note3, S4, S4 Duos, S4 Active, S4 LTE A, A7, A8, A5x, A7x, and A9x.
Samsung Internet 3.0 –Galaxy Note5, S6 Edge+, S6 Edge, and S6

You need at least Android 5.0 for Samsung Internet 3.x, and 4.0.

Developer Feedback

Please send an e-mail to browser@samsung.com for technical support or inquiries about business collaborations.

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