Most of us probably use Chrome on Android – it’s pre-installed and syncs everything from active tabs and history to passwords and bookmarks between devices. However, the Play Store is filled with dozens of alternative browsers, and Samsung’s Internet app is perhaps the best you can find. It includes many features not available in Chrome in the settings menu, many of which are surprisingly useful. Samsung Internet 1

5 is now in beta, and even if you do not see any visual updates here, it includes several security enhancements.

Privacy has become an important priority in recent years, even for those who do not follow all the latest technical news. With that in mind, Samsung is building two new features in the browser to protect users. With Internet 15.0, the app now has “anti-tracking technology”, which protects against fingerprints while you surf. In the meantime, the “Delete browser data” menu has been expanded, providing specific examples of what each option clears.

Samsung has also changed the way secret mode (its version of incognito mode) works. When secret browsing is turned on, it remains the default until it is turned off manually, instead of returning to normal mode each time the app is opened.

It is not just a privacy-focused update, though. A new search widget is now available from the home screen, giving you easy access to which search engine you have selected. It can be easily changed and looks a lot like Google’s own search box, complete with a shortcut for voice actions. Finally, this latest beta temporarily stores and saves web pages you’ve recently visited, so the app should use less data as you navigate back and forth between links.

Samsung says that a stable version is on the right track for late summer. If you do not want to wait, you can download the beta using the Play Store link below or download the APK from the APK Mirror.

Samsung Internet Browser Beta
Samsung Internet Browser Beta