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Samsung releases a browser for smartwatches. Who will it be for?

Ten years ago, when connected watches hit the market, manufacturers tried to make real miniaturized smartphones. This is how we have seen the emergence of particularly numerous applications such as mobile games, task management systems or even Internet browsers.

Since then, whether it’s Google, Apple or the watch makers themselves, most players in the sector have realized that it was impossible to ask smartwatches to have the same utility as a smartphone with a much larger screen. Now, the main uses focus on sports and health data, but also on some features offered on certain applications such as listening to streaming music, paying without contact or finding routes.

Google, for example, doesn’t offer a version of its Chrome browser for connected watches. However, this does not prevent one of its main partners, Samsung, from providing an Internet browser for its watches equipped with the Google system.

As reported by the SamMobile site, specializing in news from the Korean manufacturer, Samsung has in fact made available to its Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 5 users a new application, called Samsung Internet, to allow them to surf the Web directly from their wrist.

An application already offered on Tizen watches

This isn’t the first time for Samsung, as the company has already offered a similar application on its connected watches launched before 2021 and based on its own operating system, Tizen. The idea is simply to allow users who wish to surf the Internet by scrolling through pages and interacting with them using a virtual keyboard.

While this feature offered on Samsung connected watches may appeal to some users, it’s unlikely to truly be adopted by the general public for long-term use. Recall that the Galaxy Watch 5 offers a 1.2 or 1.4 inch display, compared to the minimum 6 inches of recent smartphones offered in 2023. Not counting the round shape of the watch screen, it eliminates part of the text at the top and bottom bottom of the display, affecting reading comfort.

After all, there’s a reason Google has never offered Chrome on Wear OS: Smartwatches aren’t miniaturized smartphones.

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