Samsung Electronics to Develop Its Own Mobile Browser
According to a report from the Electronic Times in Korea, Samsung (005930) has begun development on its own WebKit browser for mobile devices. The South Korean manufacturer was previously seeking WebKit developers to work in its research and development facility located in Silicon Valley.
Samsung has advertised for WebKit developers with understanding of browsers to work at the Advanced Software Platform Lab at Samsung's US research and development centre in Silicon Valley.
WebKit is definitely an open-source browser engine, that also powers Safari -- the default browser on Apple cellular devices -- and Chrome, Google's browser.
Here in Britain, the iPhone and BlackBerry browsers would be the most popular mobile browsers, reflecting how popular BlackBerrys are still here, with Android's stock software arriving third. Third-party efforts including Opera have a negligible share of the UK browser market, according to StatCounter -- although Opera is the most popular mobile browser worldwide, just edging Android.
Because of so many phone owners seemingly very happy to use the default browser on their blower, Samsung may want to encourage Galaxy proprietors to use an own-brand browser. As the Android experience is broadly exactly the same across every phone, it's important for companies manufacturing Android phones to distinguish their kit -- an own-brand browser that's significantly better than the default option sounds like another good way to do that.
Chrome launched for mobile phones back in February. You can now use Chrome in your Apple iPhone or iPad as well as on Android phones and tablets. If you utilize Chrome on your pc or laptop, your passwords, bookmarks and history are shared across computers and mobile devices.