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Samsung Internet 19.0 beta finally brings Chrome bookmark syncing


Last updated: August 23rd, 2022 at 13:24 UTC+01:00

Samsung’s proprietary mobile internet browser is getting a new beta update, and it’s a pretty big one! With Samsung Internet 19.0 beta, the company is finally addressing one of the browser’s main weaknesses and is adding new options for syncing bookmarks from Google Chrome (PC). Furthermore, the latest beta version improves private browsing while enhancing Smart Anti-Tracking and phishing detection tools.

One of the reasons why many PC users don’t use Samsung Internet on their Galaxy phones and tablets more often is that the mobile browser makes it extremely difficult to sync Google Chrome bookmarks cross-platform. However, with Samsung Internet 19.0 beta, users can now access and sync Chrome bookmarks on their phones and Samsung Internet bookmarks on their Chrome PC browser through the Samsung Internet Chrome Extension with relative ease.

Samsung Internet add-ons now work in Secret Mode

Here’s another much-needed change introduced by Samsung Internet 19.0 beta: add-ons can now work in Secret Mode. Before version 19.0, add-ons were disabled in Secret mode, which meant that Internet users had to choose between Secret Mode privacy and a more personalized experienced. Now users can have both.

Furthermore, Samsung Internet 19.0 beta expands on some of the Smart Anti-Tracking improvements that version 18.0 beta introduced. According to Samsung, “trackers are becoming increasingly sophisticated at avoiding detection and collecting personal information without the awareness or consent of the person being tracked.”

Thankfully, Samsung Internet 19.0 beta can now detect domains that conspire with classified trackers, thus offering enhanced privacy and protection. In addition, the new Internet beta version improves lookalike phishing detection to prevent users from navigating to fraudulent websites designed to imitate legitimate ones.

Introducing improved privacy and anti-phishing

Samsung Internet 19.0 beta also adds a new Privacy Info feature in the form of a Lock Icon in the address bar. Users can tap this icon to quickly verify the security of the connection to the websites they visit, see the number of blocked trackers, check for cookies, and have instant access location, camera, and microphone permissions.

And last but not least, Samsung Internet ad blockers are now accompanied by a chart that helps users visualize how many ads got blocked daily and weekly.

The new beta version is now available through the Play Store and Galaxy Store. Samsung expects the beta testing period for Internet 19.0 to end in time for a Q4 2022 public release. We’ll keep you posted.

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