Samsung’s forgotten internet browser is now working on the newest Galaxy smartwatches

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Enlarge / Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic.

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Everyone has their favorite internet browser, right? Google Chrome and Safari are staples, Firefox is still running, and Microsoft Edge has somehow established itself as a popular underdog. But when it comes to surfing the Internet with your smartwatch, the options are understandably more limited. By introducing a proprietary browser into its latest smartwatches, Samsung can make things easier for smartwatch wearers while also reminding them of the browser’s existence.

As discovered by 9to5Google, the Samsung Internet Browser is now available in the Google Play Store for Samsung Smartwatches with Wear OS, namely the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic. The browser is already available on the company’s older Tizen-powered watches like the Galaxy Watch Active 2, and Samsung’s web surfer is also available on its phones and tablets. In fact, Samsung devices are often pre-installed with the app, but since many also run Android and are therefore equipped with Google Chrome, Samsung’s alternative often goes unused – or even goes unnoticed.

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  • Samsung’s internet browser app on a smartwatch.

  • Search engine options.

  • Send a webpage to your phone to view it on a big screen.

But the requirements for watch-based web surfing are slightly different, and as detailed by 9to5Google, exploring the internet on your wrist with the Samsung internet browser may be easier than you think. For example, you can swipe left or right diagonally to open a webpage. If you swipe up, you’ll see useful features like bookmarks, zooming, or the ability to send a webpage to your phone. You can access your favorite search engine, be it Google, DuckDuckGo, or Bing, using the search button on Samsung’s internet browser.

This is a bit of a relief for Wear OS users, and this year it lives up to Google’s promise to make everyday apps like their own Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Pay more accessible on wearables. In the spring, Google also added tools for developers to create “new and remodeled apps”.

In the meantime, Samsung’s internet browser could finally get a little more attention.

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