There is a stigma attached to apps from phone manufacturers. They tend to feel like unnecessary bloatware. However, Samsung Internet – the company’s gently named browser – is an exception. It’s actually pretty good, and it’s not just for Samsung Galaxy phones.
This wide availability is a sign that the Samsung app is more than an unnecessary alternative to the existing Google app. When Samsung makes it available to other Android devices – just like with Samsung Health – you should pay attention. So let’s delve into it.
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Look at this: Another Android browser that got extensions before Google Chrome. Samsung Internet supports add-ons from the Samsung Galaxy Store. Admittedly, many of them aren’t really useful, but there are quite a few ad blockers you can use.
Both Adblock and Adblock Plus have versions dedicated to Samsung Internet. This is probably the best and easiest way to block ads that you can do on your mobile browser. If this is really important to you, this is reason enough to give Samsung Internet a try.
Modern browsers have a large number of options and it is important to make these options easy to access. Samsung Internet has a large list of shortcuts that can be customized to your liking. It is similar to Android Quick Settings.
Some of the shortcuts include incognito mode, dark mode, desktop view, unblock ads, and more. You can customize the layout of these shortcuts by going to Settings > Layout and Menu > Customize Menu.
More layout options
Here’s another feature that Chrome users have always requested: Samsung Internet is another browser that has a bottom address bar. This is a lot easier to access, especially on larger phones.
Samsung gives you the option to place it on top or bottom. Even if you have the address bar at the top, the navigation bar will be at the bottom. If you want to get really fancy with it and you have a big phone, Samsung even lets you show tabs at the top of the screen.
Furthermore, Samsung Internet has three options for how to display tabs on the tabs page. You can see it in a condensed vertical list, vertical card stack, or grid. In general, Samsung Internet is very flexible in how it is used. I like it very much.
Overall, Samsung Internet has a lot of cool smart features. Things you might not have thought of before. There is a built-in QR code scanner, you can disable auto-playing of videos, the status bar can be hidden for more screen space, and you can choose where the slider appears.
You may not find all of these features useful, but they are there if you want to try a few things. Chrome is a very polished product that doesn’t have much room for customization. Samsung Internet is just the opposite. You can make it look the way you want and switch in some things that you don’t find in other browsers.
Samsung Internet is not perfect. Its biggest downside may be its biggest advantage for some people. Since there is no desktop version of Samsung Internet, it does not support syncing of bookmarks and passwords.
Samsung Internet supports autofill through apps like 1Password, but it won’t work with Chrome sync data. This is too big for some people. The good news is that Samsung Internet supports syncing between Samsung devices. So if you use it on your phone and tablet, all your stuff will be there.
Ultimately, this is the main reason why people don’t switch browsers often. Although Samsung Internet may have a lot of features, many of which are better than Chrome offers, it is not a Google product and that matters. If you’re not drawn to the Google ecosystem, give Samsung Browser a chance.
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