There is a new rumor flying over the air in the technology world, one which could see Samsung is looking to differentiate its smartphones with a brand new web browser that it is building in house. The browser is expected to be based on Web Kit, just like Google Chrome, and Apple’s Safari, but it is unclear exactly how and where Samsung plans to deploy the browser.
Web Kit is an open source web browser engine, to which both Google and Apple have contributed quite a lot, so Samsung is sort of using Google and Apple’s work to build a competing browser.
The expectation is that Samsung’s browser will become a standard part of its TouchWiz layer in Samsung Android devices, meaning it will follow along with Samsung’s proprietary changes to Android’s Calender, e-mail, messaging, etc. And, much like those other TouchWiz apps, it will be up to the user to decide if you think the changes are actually for the better or not.
It could simply be that Samsung is trying to build a browser for their other platforms like the upcoming or even their feature phones, just like Nokia employs its own custom browser on their devices.
Still, with the need of Android manufacturers to differentiate the software running on their devices, a custom browser for Android isn’t too far-fetched and could happen.