Samsung to create own mobile browser
More news out of Korea this week suggests that Samsung could be working on its own mobile browser.
Reports coming from the Electric Times claim that Samsung has been trying to recruit WebKit developers to replace the browsers on its smartphones with an in-house solution. WebKit is the open-source engine used to produce many web-browsers including Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome.
The fact that Apple and Google already have their own web-browsers means that news of Samsung’s desire to break into the browser market comes as no surprise. The advantage of mobile browsers is that unlike web-browsers, the version that is pre-loaded onto the mobile is the one consumers normally use.
A Samsung browser would go head-to-head with Google’s Chrome and might help the company differentiate its product if the browser proves to be a competitive and effective alternative to other handsets.
Meanwhile Samsung is preparing to release its Galaxy Note 2 in Europe starting on October 1. The tablet hybrid (or phablet), which was formally unveiled at the IFA show in Berlin last month, comes with Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, in addition to a 1.6GHz quadcore processor and an 8-megapixel rear-end snapper.
There is also a stylus on-board, dubbed the S Pen, which can be used to construct emails and control the integrated planner, as well as a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera which can be used for Skype. The phone also features a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display.
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