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Samsung Making Unified Browser for Its Mobiles, Tablets, and TVs: Report

Samsung Making Unified Browser for Its Mobiles, Tablets, and TVs: Report
Samsung is reportedly working on unifying the Web browsers it offers across its mobile, tablet and smart television platforms, with an app branded the Samsung Browser.

The South Korean consumer electronics giant is said to be working on the Samsung Browser for its Android and Tizen-based devices, and the first version (v1.0) will reportedly use the WebKit engine. The browser, according to a report by Tizen Indonesia (via Sammobile) citing Samsung Developers, will not support Flash, and instead rely completely on HTML5 video.

Other reported details about the upcoming Samsung Browser include Web Video Casting support for the firm's smart televisions from 2015, a Samsung Video Enhancing Engine for television to provide improved video support, a reading mode, offline viewing, and S Pen support. The report adds the Samsung Browser will also suggest local content. Presumably, the unified browser will also enable easy syncing of passwords, history and bookmarks across devices.

Some more changes were tipped for the next iteration of the Samsung Browser, which is said to use the Blink engine, a version of the WebKit that is being used by Google on its Chrome browser since 2013, and is also used by Opera.

The report adds that the Servo browser engine, announced by Mozilla and Samsung back in 2013, will also be used in a future iteration, and is meant to take advantage of multi-core, heterogeneous computing architectures. At the time of the announcement two years ago, the companies said the browser would be built from the ground up and be written in Mozilla's Rust programming language. The companies had then also said the browser based on Servo would address the cause of security vulnerabilities.

Earlier this month, Samsung and Microsoft announced a deal for pre-installing Microsoft services on the South Korean tech firms high-end smartphones and tablets. The apps included Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype

For details of the latest launches and news from Samsung, Xiaomi, Realme, OnePlus, Oppo and other companies at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, visit our MWC 2024 hub.

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