Which Android browser is the best?


Chances are you use Google Chrome on a daily basis. After all, it’s the most popular web browser in the world. And while there are certainly good things to say about it, you’d be surprised at the features other browsers offer. One of these browsers is Samsung Internet.

Samsung Internet isn’t as well-known as Chrome, but if you own a Samsung device, you’ve seen it in your app drawer from day one. In this guide, we will compare Google Chrome and Samsung Internet to see which is the best web browser.

1. Browser Speed

Let’s talk about the specs first. While benchmark scores don’t always translate to actual performance, it’s good to take a quick look at them before digging deeper.

For this comparison, we chose three benchmarks: JetStream2 to measure speed, MotionMark to measure graphics performance, and Speedometer to measure responsiveness. To get the most accurate results, we ran all three tests three times on both browsers.

The results below are the average of the total 18 test cycles. A higher number indicates better performance:

Google Chrome Samsung Internet
JetStream2 55.47 57.43
movement mark 154.92 126.68
Speedometer 35.87 33.50


As you can see, Google Chrome beat Samsung Internet on two of the three benchmarks in our tests, particularly in terms of graphics performance. But as we said earlier, the discrepancy between the numbers doesn’t translate to a noticeable noticeable difference in real-world usage. Still, if you care about benchmarks, Google Chrome takes the crown.

Winner: Google Chrome

2. Cross-platform availability and synchronization​​​​​

Google Chrome is available for download on iOS, Android, and desktop, but Samsung Internet is limited to Android. The latter comes pre-installed on all Samsung mobile devices and is set as the default browser from the start. If you have a device from another manufacturer, you can download the browser from the Google Play Store.

Another area where Google Chrome trumps Samsung Internet is cross-platform synchronization. How a browser seamlessly syncs your bookmarks across different platforms is a high priority for some people. With Chrome, all you need to do is sign in to your Google account to sync and access all your bookmarks and saved pages, no matter what device you’re using.

Things are not so simple when you switch to Samsung Internet. If you want to access your bookmarks on a desktop you created using Samsung Internet on your Android phone, you need to install the Samsung Internet Chrome extension.

Winner: Google Chrome

3. User interface and customization

One of the many things we love about Samsung Internet is how it handles dark mode. Both browsers support it, but Chrome doesn’t implement it well enough. Despite enabling dark mode, many web pages on Chrome still display as they normally would. only the address bar and the internal settings menu darken.

What’s the point of using dark mode if most of your screen is still showing bright white pixels? It defeats the whole purpose. In comparison, Samsung Internet dims your screen as much as possible and even makes some elements of some websites black. This helps reduce battery life for longer web browsing.

That said, Samsung Internet does not support Material You like Chrome’s dynamic color system. This means that if you change your phone’s wallpaper and color scheme, Chrome will adapt to those changes to beautify the app’s UI, but Samsung Internet will not. And we’re not a fan of how the latter organizes the tabs either.

Speaking of user interface, Samsung Internet is much more customizable and user-friendly than Google Chrome. The first has a toolbar at the bottom of the screen with customizable buttons, which greatly facilitates interaction with the browser.

Additionally, you can hide your phone’s status bar when scrolling through webpages to get a bit more screen real estate and move the address bar position down for easier use of a single hand. But if you prefer to have the address bar at the top, you can configure the browser to show a tab bar, mimicking the user interface of a desktop browser.

Winner: Samsung Internet

4. Privacy and Security

Both apps offer private browsing, but Google Chrome’s Incognito Mode doesn’t stand a chance against Samsung Internet’s Secret Mode. The latter gives you a lot more control. For example, you can choose to lock secret mode with a password and your biometrics, so that no one but you can access your private tabs.

Also, if you upload images, videos, and audio files in secret mode, they won’t appear in your gallery like normal uploads do. You can only open them using secret mode. This way your private downloads stay private. Pretty cool, right? Unfortunately, Google Chrome’s Incognito mode doesn’t do any of these things.

Samsung Internet also has a full-fledged privacy dashboard where you can view websites that have attempted to track you. You can also block pop-ups and automatic downloads, and receive warnings about potentially dangerous sites.

Winner: Samsung Internet

5. Additional features

Both browsers allow you to save your address and card details to auto-fill online forms for faster transactions. However, Chrome does a better job of translating web pages using Google’s machine learning prowess. Also, if you visit a web page often, you can add it to your home screen using Chrome.

But Samsung Internet also comes with other useful features, including a built-in QR scanner, a video player with gesture-based controls, and the ability to save web pages as PDFs. You can also download useful add-ons for Samsung Internet from the Galaxy Store, such as Amazon Assistant and ad blockers. You cannot use Chrome extensions with Chrome on Android.

Winner: Samsung Internet

Samsung Internet makes Chrome obsolete

Despite being the default web browser for billions of people, it’s surprising how far behind Google Chrome is Samsung Internet. The latter is much more user-friendly, customizable and has many useful features to improve your web browsing experience. Its biggest weakness, however, is that it’s only available on Android.

There’s nothing wrong with Chrome per se; but it’s very clear that Google has taken the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach with the browser. If cross-platform syncing is really important to you, you should probably stay away from Samsung Internet; but if you want the best browser on your Android device, we can only recommend it.

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