Samsung Internet v17 goes live with web authentication API and security key support

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We’re playing catch-up here, but better late than never

Samsung’s custom browser app is an alternative to Chrome, which many people use simply because it comes preloaded on their Samsung phones. But anyone can download Samsung Internet, and you might want to check out the latest version if you’re the private type, peeking around the web behind your VPN. The v17 release includes privacy and feature enhancements, like some tweaks for Samsung’s AI-powered Smart Anti Tracking and long-awaited web authentication support. It was in beta, but the stable software is now live.

Samsung’s Smart Anti Tracking is actually a set of privacy measures that first appeared last year. It uses on-device machine learning to scramble tracking cookies, block malicious ads, and more. In v17this feature will now delete all cookies from your device on a weekly basis, although I don’t think you need AI to do that. Samsung also claims to have made Smart Anti Tracking the default for devices in the US, Korea and Europe. If you want to turn it off, you can always do so in the settings. Also with privacy in mind, v17 makes HTTPS the default for web browsing, and there’s a new privacy chart on the quick access page (below), which shows all the ways how your browser protects your privacy.

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The Web Authentication API makes it much easier for sites to manage login tokens, contributing to better overall security. Chrome took support a long time ago, as did Firefox, and with this live v17 it’s it’s finally time for Samsung to catch up. The browser supports third-party hardware security keys or just uses your phone itself to authenticate.

This latest version also offers a handful of UX improvements. If you juggle a lot of tabs, you’ll be happy to know that the browser now supports custom tab groups, which you can organize with just drag and drop. You can select text in images with the new built-in live text feature. Long press, select Live Text, and the phone identifies and copies the words to your clipboard.

You can download the official version of Samsung Internet 17.0 from the Google Play Store or the Samsung Galaxy Store.

UPDATED: 04/05/2022 8:42 EST BY HAROUN ADAMU

It’s official

Samsung Internet v17 is now live and available for download on the Google Play and Samsung App stores.


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