Future Samsung Galaxy-branded smartphones, including the mooted next flagship the Galaxy S4, could come packing a proprietary browser, speculation suggests.
According to a report courtesy of South Korea’s Electronic Times, the phone-maker is recruiting staff to develop a WebKit-based browser, most likely hardware accelerated for super-charged surfing speeds, for its Galaxy tablets and handsets.
The browser would be a direct challenge to Safari and, more interestingly, to Samsung’s close partner under the Android aegis, Google.
It’s thought that as well as potential revenues, a proprietary browser would be another way for Samsung to differentiate its devices in an Android market awash with kits running nigh-on identical software.
That’s especially the case in a world where phone-makers are increasingly simplifying their custom skins in response to consumer demand (CF: HTC Sense) and in the interests of being able to roll out OS bumps faster and more readily.
Although as yet unseen, the S4 is widely tipped to make its debut at the Mobile World Congress in February with a spec sheet that takes in 4G LTE support, a five-inch OLED screen and a whopping 128GB of storage.