Samsung Internet Browser 17.0 Released: Anti-Tracking and Usability Improvements
Samsung Electronics released Samsung Internet 17.0, the company’s official mobile browser, on May 4, 2022. Samsung’s new browser version automatically blocks Internet tracking and improves usability in several significant ways.
Samsung Internet Browser is the default mobile browser on Samsung devices. It is also available on the Google Play Store for non-Samsung devices. The new update is not yet available on Google Play or the Galaxy Store at the time of writing, but Samsung has announced that users will start seeing update notifications once it is released.
Samsung Internet Browser users can check the installed version by going to Menu > Settings > About Samsung Internet. The installed version is displayed and a check for updates is performed.
Improvements in Samsung Internet 17.0
The new version of Samsung’s mobile browser comes with an improved anti-tracking feature. The privacy feature is enabled by default for Samsung customers in several dozen countries, including the United States, South Korea, many European countries, including Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, and China. ‘Iceland.
Previous version of Samsung internet browser supported anti-tracking feature but it was disabled by default. Users can go to Menu > Settings > Browsing Privacy Dashboard > Smart Anti Tracking to enable or disable the privacy feature in this browser.
Samsung hasn’t provided any details regarding the anti-tracking feature improvements in the new version, only that it’s improved in the new browser version.
The built-in privacy dashboard is now accessible through the browser’s quick access panel. A tap on the entry opens the dashboard, revealing the number of blocked trackers. Users can also change privacy settings directly on the page.
Samsung notes in the release announcement that its browser now supports external security keys for two-factor authentication; it is an alternative to SMS or app verification options.
Samsung Internet Browser 17.0 introduces support for tab groups. Users can open the browser tab view to drag and drop tabs on top of each other to create tab groups. Tab groups consist of multiple sites, which improves organization, especially for users who have many tabs open in the browser.
Samsung notes that the search experience has been improved for local data. Searches in bookmarks, history, and saved pages can process searches with common typos to return results to the user. Phonetic matching is now also supported, and Samsung’s translation service supports five additional languages, bringing the total to 26.
Samsung’s internet browser has a large market share on mobile devices, thanks to its integration on Samsung devices. It is based on Chromium, the same source that Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and other browsers use.
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