Samsung Internet Beta now available without sign up

Samsung Internet no Longer Samsung Exclusive!

Ada Rose Cannon
Mar 7, 2017 · 5 min read

We have received many requests for Samsung Internet to become available on non Samsung Phones and Tablets. Well today we are announcing a new Beta.

The Beta for the next version of Samsung Internet (5.4) will also be available for Google devices such as the Pixel and the Nexus series of phones as well as Samsung phones and tablets running android Lollipop, Marshmallow or Nougat!

This beta version available in the Play Store and Samsung Galaxy Apps.

It will recieve multiple updates before the final release around the end of April.

Engine Upgrade

Samsung contributes to many W3c Web standards and these are the features we pride ourselves on with support for Progressive Web Apps, Web Payment and WebVR.

Progressive Web Apps

The DuckDuckGo home page showing the ‘+’ icon indicating it can be installed.

Samsung Internet 5.4 brings the latest support for applications made for the web. Progressive Web Apps are applications which can be installed like apps or used in browser.

If you see the ‘+’ icon in your address bar, like in the screenshot on the left, you can install that website to your device’s home screen conveniently.

For the developer: To make your website installable via the Address Bar ensure your app has a Working Service Worker and a WebApp Manifest.

Service Worker

The service worker also enables you to make push notifications to update the user when your Web App is closed. This is known as Web Push.

Web Push

Web Payment

new PaymentRequest()

WebVR

The GearVR supports the WebVR API enabling you to build a WebGL interactive and immersive scene which the user can explore by looking around and using the GearVRs touch pad.

Better Video Playback

You can also view immersive videos right in the browser without needing to wear a GearVR headset. You can swipe to pan 360 videos to look around.

To tak advantage of this set the ‘dimension’ in the <video> tag’s type attribute. [Documentation]

<video src=”/360.webm” type=”video/webm; dimension=360;">

Duck Duck Go

Duck Duck Go also has many features to enable power users to find what they need faster than ever.

Integrating into your workflow

The extension can import your bookmarks and allow you to manage your phone bookmarks by syncing with your Samsung account.

This feature is disabled on the beta version of the browser because the Beta browser does not have access to the Samsung Account.

Connecting the Web to the Real World

QR Code Reader

Physical Web (CloseBy)

Physical Web Logo

Physical Web beacons are little Bluetooth devices which broadcast a URL. When the user approaches a Physical Web Beacon the CloseBy service will make a notification to alert the user, showing the title and description of the website.

Extensions

One such extension is the Amazon Shopping Assistant which can be turned on to enable you to get the best deals when shopping on the web by comparing products with Amazon.

For enhanced security and privacy there are numerous extensions which enable the user to protect their privacy by blocking harmful adverts or trackers.

Content Blockers

Ad-blockers such as AdBlock Fast will speed up websites by removing adverts.

There are currently 8 Content Blockers ready to be installed right from the browser.

Content Blockers in Samsung Internet for Samsung Internet 5.4 Beta

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Writings from the Samsung Internet Developer Relations…

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Writings from the Samsung Internet Developer Relations Team. For more info see our disclaimer: https://hub.samsunginter.net/about-blog

Ada Rose Cannon

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Co-chair of the W3C Immersive Web Working Group, Developer Advocate for Samsung.

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Writings from the Samsung Internet Developer Relations Team. For more info see our disclaimer: https://hub.samsunginter.net/about-blog

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