Last updated: 25 May 2021
Samsung Internet or Google Chrome? Both are pre-installed on Samsung devices and available on other Android phones. How do both differ? The article explores the two and covers Samsung Internet vs. Google Chrome (2021).
Looking at Samsung Internet, the browser has gone far ahead by creating a unique style. Most of the options on Samsung internet are at the bottom. You only find bookmarks and the reload button at the top of the screen.
The dark mode has also changed the way the dark theme works. The browser goes ew steps further and changes the website’s layout. For example, white background and black colour text would change to black background and white font colour.
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Google Chrome, on the contrary, brings simplicity just like the desktop browser. Both support the swipe down to refresh feature. Although the interface is different, the options row on Samsung Internet takes some space, blocking some of the content down the bottom.
Google Chrome offers a dark theme, but the feature is limited to the app itself. It does not affect the site layout.
Samsung Internet uses your Samsung account, while Chrome uses your Google account. Both sync your browsing history, bookmarks, passwords etc. Google Chrome also saves your payment information.
Samsung Internet uses the basic tabs system where you open and close tabs one by one, but Google Chrome has recently adopted a new feature of grouping pages.
This allows you to organise pages. While browsing, you also see all the pages in a group on the screen’s bottom while browsing a page.
Samsung Internet comes with a secret mode. When enabled, all the tabs become private.
Opening a new tab will also open in the secret mode. You can go back by turning off the mode. You can enable password protection or biometrics for the secret mode.
Google Chrome contrarily offers to navigate the normal and private internet at the same time. The options, such as history and cookies, are not saved and synced.
Privacy and security tools
The next topic in Samsung Internet vs. Google Chrome is security and privacy. Privacy is essential, and many browsers have tried to take many steps to ensure that users browse the internet safely. What safety options do both browsers offer? Let’s talk about each one by one.
The browser comes with a built-in smart anti-tracking feature that blocks tracking cookies and scripts from websites. The option is disabled by default but can easily be enabled in settings.
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You can block unwanted web pages and ask the websites not to track you. Moreover, the browser can warn you when you visit a malicious website.
I don’t like Samsung Internet on non-Samsung devices because anyone can access the saved usernames/emails and passwords in the username and password settings.
Google Chrome comes with a Do Not Track option, which prevents websites from taking certain kinds of data. The browser mentions that it allows advertisement, security and statistics related data.
You can use a custom DNS if you know how to do that, and finally, the browser shows the emails/usernames, but to see the password for any website, you will need to verify by using biometrics or the phone password.
As we know, both use accounts to sync. Samsung devices come with an app called Samsung Pass, which works with other apps, including Samsung Internet, to sign quickly.
You must verify by inserting the PIN or any other form selected in the app. This makes browsing more secure.
Samsung Pass is not available on other Android devices, so you can’t enjoying the freedom of Samsung Pass.
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On the other hand, Google Chrome does not come with any protection features when it comes to logging in. It suggests the email and password as soon as you reach the login page.
Also, when you sign up on a website, Google Chrome suggests a secure password, and if you choose that, it automatically saves to the Google account.
Samsung Internet comes with the homepage, default search engine, and sync options. Some advanced options, including privacy and security, sites and downloads, and useful features, are there for more customisation options.
On the other hand, Google Chrome comes with the default search engine, passwords, payment methods, addresses, notifications, and themes. Some advanced options such as site settings, accessibility, lite mode etc., are also available.
Samsung Internet goes one step ahead by offering extensions on Samsung devices. Google Chrome does not offer any. You can find add-ons such as ad blockers, Amazon Assistant, safe browsing etc.
The battery round of Samsung Internet vs. Google Chrome shows some interesting results. Two tests (Wi-Fi and mobile data) were conducted for this round by playing the same video on the full volume.
Results for Wi-Fi test:
The battery usage tracking feature showed 5 minutes of usage time for Google Chrome, while for Samsung Internet, it was 4 minutes. Still, there was a difference of 50% in battery life.
Samsung Internet consumed about 0.3% of the battery, whereas Google Chrome consumed 0.6% of the battery life.
Results for mobile data test:
The video covers the battery part of the whole comparison. You can check out the full comparison video on YouTube. On mobile data, the results were different. Both consumed 1% of the battery even though the played media was shorter than the Wi-Fi video. This also proves that both browsers consume more battery on mobile data. Overall, the Samsung Internet gets this round.
This section of Samsung Internet vs. Chrome covers some extra options of both.
- Change of the text size on websites.
- Separately save video URLs in history
- Scan QR codes.
- A lite mode to save data
- A one-tap share URL to PC browser feature
- Manage cookies, permissions, and cache for each website
- A voice to text feature to search on the internet.
- The default search engine is Google.
Which one should you use?
For a Google lover, who uses Chrome on Android and PC, Google Chrome should be used. The app is more powerful when you combine the desktop and mobile versions. If you don’t use Google Chrome on PC, or your phone work is entirely independent of PC, you should use Samsung Internet.
The Samsung Internet vs. Chrome article covered essential topics. I hope the text helped. Please let me know which app you are going to use. Also, if any thoughts about both, in the comments down below, so we can discuss more.