Although the eyes of the world will be on the physical design of Samsung’s upcoming flagship, inside the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus handsets the software continues to evolve to challenge assumptions and create better user experiences for millions of Galaxy smartphone owners.
A large part of that is the web browser. Samsung has continued to develop its own standards-compliant web browser for its Android platform. It already stands apart from Google’s mobile Chrome browser because of a focus on content blocking and privacy. You can now add secure mobile payments and better web app integration to those bullet points.
he latest major update to the browser (v5.4) is in the final stages of beta testing and a public beta version is rolling out in the Google Play store. And for the first time, it’s also going to be available for non-Samsung handsets as well.
Allowing the browser to run on Nexus devices may not significantly increase the reach of the browser to the public, but it does mean that many more developers can work with the features in the browser, confident that the reach of the Galaxy platform will reward them.
The browser is also bringing in another important part of Samsung’s mobile vision. It now supports web payments, allowing users to pay for goods and services directly in the mobile app. The intention is to enable web payment to use Samsung Pay if it is available on a device, otherwise card details can be stored on the handset with biometric sensors used for security. If developers want to make use of web payments, the option is there. Like much of the code in the Samsung the option has been implemented using W3C standards, in this case for web payments. As it stands this is the first mobile device that will support web-pay.