Early last month, Samsung updated their built-in browser with private browsing, a picture-in-picture video player, and third-party ad blockers on devices running Marshmallow. While Android 6.0 is rolling out to newer devices, those still on the Galaxy S4, S5, and other older devices will get these new features via an update starting today.
To push their Gear VR platform, Samsung Internet 4.0 has support for syncing bookmarks between the phone and the headset’s VR browser. Additionally, it has support for streaming and viewing 3D and 360 degree video right from the web. On the same front, a new pop-out player will allow users to browse the web while watching video. A syncing feature will even save the video history between the Gear VR and other Samsung devices.
A new ‘Secret mode’ for private browsing has the option for fingerprint authentication. The feature will allow you to save tabs and bookmarks in a way that they won’t be visible by other people using the phone. Otherwise, history, cookies, and other tracking data will not be saved while privately surfing.
Version 4.0 adds support for third-party ad blockers, along with an updated ‘Quick Access’ page with ‘Content Cards’ that recommends pages and other interesting content. The update also fixes various bugs and has performance improvements, particularly an issue that caused slow launch times.
The Play Store update is available for Samsung devices running Android 5.0 and up starting today. The full list of devices that support Samsung Internet 4.0 is below:
- Galaxy S7 Edge
- S6 Edge+
- S6 Edge
- S6 Active
- S5 Neo
- S5 Active
- S5 Sports
- S5 LTE A
- S4 Duos
- S4 Active
- S4 LTE A
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