It’s been 10 years since people started talking about Responsive Design as the best way to achieve good web experience on mobile devices. Are we there yet?

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In 2011, Jeremy Keith gave a talk entitled “There is No Mobile Web”. Since I had been spending the last 5 years chairing a W3C working group that created the Mobile Web Best Practices, this caught my eye.

Jeremy is always keen for a controversial title. What he was talking about was the nascent movement away from building bespoke UI for different screen sizes and capabilities and towards a unified web design approach that could respond to the needs of these differing devices: responsive design. The loose collective that formed at that time to promote these ideas was dubbed “Future…

We helped to create Open Web Docs. So what is it?

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A beautiful library at Trinity College, Dublin.
A beautiful library at Trinity College, Dublin. Photo by Alex Block on Unsplash

The web doesn’t have a marketing team. It doesn’t have a single developer program you can sign up to. And it doesn’t have a manual. That’s by design. Like the Internet, the web isn’t controlled by any single entity. But this decentralisation can also be a pain for web developers and designers.

The web has lots of documentation, but it’s often an issue for developers to find documentation that is not written from a perspective of one web product — for example, a browser or a framework. …

NB: This article is contributed by Samsung Internet lead engineer Varun Paturi

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Image of the Earth at night, taken from Space, showing the outlines of Asia.
The Earth at Night

Status Quo

The existing dark mode feature of Samsung Internet has gained a fair bit of popularity amongst the browser’s users since its introduction. The browser applies its own transformations upon the colors provided by the web developers, in order to convert the webpage into a dark theme. Much thought has been put into these transformations in order to give the user a pleasant experience while trying to preserve the ‘essence’ of the web developer’s original colors.

Problems with the Status Quo

That said, this way of applying…

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The web is going through an unprecedented period of change and evolution. New features, new technologies and new ideas are coming to the web. Luckily, it’s a platform that, since its invention in 1992 by Tim Berners-Lee, continues to be able to incorporate new capabilities as it develops. Unique among computing platforms, the web is built on top of open, royalty free standards. While there are definitely dominant players, the web is not controlled by any one corporate entity or organisation.

But where do new web standards come from? Many web developers think of standards…

Trusted Web Activities are definitely a thing; We think Progressive Web Apps are more important

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A Trans World Airlines (TWA) 747 on the runway.
An appropriate use of the acronym TWA.

Google’s Trusted Web Activities are an important new feature that has come to Android that use Chrome Custom Tabs to present web content without browser UI. They can be used inside of a native Android app or as a wrapper for a Progressive Web App. They’re available right now in Google Chrome, and they are coming soon to Samsung Internet as well. You can read more about Trusted Web Activities on Google’s developer site. They’re a great solution for developers who want to integrate web content into their native app on Android or who want to wrap a Progressive Web…

Broken ring error screen, new tab presentation & reining in spammy apps are all part of the story. Plus: video assistant is reborn!

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A bee buzzing around a thistle in a field.
We’ve been busy. (photo credit: Dan Appelquist)

We’ve been busy over the summer at team Samsung Internet and we’re glad to announce the release of Samsung Internet 10.2 to our Beta channel! Along with all you’ve come to expect from Samsung Internet (such as industry-leading Progressive Web App support, smart anti-tracking technology, 3rd party content blocking API and slick OneUI look and feel), it comes with a host of new features and some returning features.

Video Assistant is Back!

Due to popular demand, we’ve re-introduced the video assistant…

We’re happy to announce the release of Samsung Internet 9.4 to our stable channel!

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a soaring bird against a blue sky
9.4 is on the wing to a device near you

We are very excited for the new features in Samsung Internet 9.4 which is rolling out now to all installed devices and available on the Play and Galaxy stores. We first announced it back in our blog post on the Beta release in May, but to recap: 9.4 is based on Chromium M67, we’ve revamped the experience of push notifications, how tabs look on tablet sized devices and added some new features and improvements.

This version contains all the things you’ve come to expect from us: speed, clean “OneUI” look and feel, extensions support including tracking and ad blocking extensions…

Our newest beta brings updates to notifications, how tabs appear on tablets, and history navigation.

Hard on the heels of our stable release of Samsung Internet 9.2, we’re pleased to announce the release of 9.4 Beta, now rolling out via the Galaxy and Play stores to all Beta users. It’s an update to our 9.2, based on the same Chromium version (M67).

Along with the obligatory “bug fixes and performance enhancements,” our newest beta also provides some UI changes.

Push notifications are a relatively new web feature and it’s safe to say as a community we are still figuring out how to deal with them. We’ve already written about how some web sites misuse push…

“Vague but exciting…” The web turns 30 this week.

This week, we have been celebrating the 30th anniversary of the invention of the web. However, the celebration is tinged with anxiety about the current state of the world and the role the web has unwitting played in making it that way. The misuse of social media to control public opinion through the spread of propaganda, bot-enabled harassment campaigns and over-reliance on biased and simplistic algorithms for content promotion are some of the unexpected consequences of a world wide “web of information nodes in which the user can browse at will”.

In order for the web to continue to be…

We’re excited to be rolling out a big update to our Samsung Internet Beta channel. Along with updating our engine to Chromium 67, our new 9.2 Beta will be the first to feature the OneUI design language. Announced at last year’s Samsung Developer Conference, OneUI is a new smartphone UI that puts a focus on ease of use. As part of the move to OneUI, Samsung Internet is also updating its brand and icon, and these changes will be rolling out slowly wherever you see the Samsung Internet brand. …

Daniel Appelquist

Director of Web Advocacy & Open Source at Samsung Research UK; Co-chair of @W3CTAG; Immigrant, Londoner & World Citizen

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