Technology Samsung inexplicably opens up its Android browser

20:45  10 august  2017
20:45  10 august  2017 Source:   Engadget

Meet the Leader 8: Samsung’s high-end, dual-display Android flip phone

  Meet the Leader 8: Samsung’s high-end, dual-display Android flip phone You might have thought that flip phones were out of fashion, but Samsung is doing its best to prove you wrong. Set to launch in China in the coming days, the Leader 8 feature two 4.2-inch displays — one on the front and one inside. Both are Full HD Super AMOLED screens, with the front display allowing users to quickly check information like the date, the time or call reminders. Leader 8 users will also be able to change the background image and the style of the clock on the front display of the phone.

Samsung has announced that the new version of its browser , Samsung Internet, can be used on any relatively new Android phone, which is good news if Samsung Internet is based on Chromium, the open -source project behind Chrome, and offers everything you'd expect from a browser : sync it with

The little gadget is relatively small, but it packs a microphone, speaker, camera, nightlight and temperature sensor inside its body. So I've started resolving to do that every night from now on, if only to make it more likely that she doesn't wake up during the night.

  Samsung inexplicably opens up its Android browser © Provided by Engadget Samsung has announced that the new version of its browser, Samsung Internet, can be used on any relatively new Android phone, which is good news if you're bored of existing mobile browsers that already do the job perfectly well.

The Korean tech giant made its software ambitions known in March when, in response to "many requests", it released a beta version of Samsung Internet (5.4) compatible with Google devices such as the Pixel and Nexus series. Now, the v6 beta version is being released for any phone running Android 5.0, aka Lollipop, or later.

But on a landscape monopolized by the likes of Chrome, Firefox and Opera, why has Samsung decided to throw its hat in the ring? Especially since this isn't the first time it's released an app for which there's no significant demand. The company's Pandora-like offering, Milk, sank after two short years following its oddly-timed release in 2014.

Meet the Leader 8: Samsung’s high-end, dual-display Android flip phone

  Meet the Leader 8: Samsung’s high-end, dual-display Android flip phone You might have thought that flip phones were out of fashion, but Samsung is doing its best to prove you wrong. Set to launch in China in the coming days, the Leader 8 feature two 4.2-inch displays — one on the front and one inside. Both are Full HD Super AMOLED screens, with the front display allowing users to quickly check information like the date, the time or call reminders. Leader 8 users will also be able to change the background image and the style of the clock on the front display of the phone.

Competitor Philips, with its Hue Bridge line, also has integrated HomeKit, but the update doesn't apply retroactively. Existing customers must purchase a second-generation Hue bridge if they want the integration.

Another app nobody asked for, but it has its charms.

Samsung Internet is based on Chromium, the open-source project behind Chrome, and offers everything you'd expect from a browser: sync it with multiple other (non-Samsung) devices and browse anonymously in Secret mode, for example. But it does bring with it a couple of perks not found elsewhere. High contrast mode makes reading more accessible (although this can be found on most devices, if not within individual browsers), and the 'features behind flags' options let you play with Bluetooth and WebVR directly from the browser. A niche audience will also appreciate CSS Grid.

Perhaps the biggest draw is the quick access to content blockers, with a list of extensions built right into the settings menu. Samsung's done a lot of work in this area, empowering users to choose which ad units they see and rendering websites much faster in the process. But is it enough to lure Android users away from their existing browsers? Probably not, but the browser's development could play a supporting role in mobile tech going forward. In a blog post, Samsung Internet developer advocate Peter O'Shaughnessy made it clear that Samsung doesn't "just pull in features from Chromium but actively contributes into them and into web standards."

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