In case you’ve purchased your brand new Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge from Verizon or have ordered the Verizon version of either device from Best Buy, you may have already been using your device for almost three weeks when the first pre-orders started shipping. Unfortunately, it probably wasn’t long until you’ve realized that your latest and greatest flagship doesn’t come with a preinstalled version of Samsung’s default web browser. While that was only an inconvenience, the real problem was the fact that the said app was listed as incompatible with S7 and S7 Edge on Google Play Store. Neither Verizon nor Samsung made any official statements on the issue for weeks but luckily, that issue is no more as of yesterday.
Specifically, simultaneously with the release of the latest, 4.0 version of Samsung’s Internet browser, the app also got updated with support for both Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. At the time of writing this, the app has already been out for over 24 hours in all parts of the world, so you should definitely be able to download it from the Play Store if you search for “Samsung Internet for Android”, i.e. its official and completely non-catchy name.
The apparently-not-so-integrated-mobile-browser support for these two Verizon’s devices also came at a pretty great moment in time because the said update features a whole bunch of long-sought improvements and novelty features which owners of Samsung smartphones and tablets have been waiting for months, if not years. Probably the most important thing from that lot is the new API which Samsung has released in order to enable mobile developers to create third-party ad-blocking extensions for its browser. Other than that, Samsung Internet for Android now also boasts the so-called Secret Mode which is focused on privacy and basically functions as Google Chrome’s Incognito mode. In other words, it gives you the option of browsing the Internet without cookies, saved web form data, stored browsing history, and anything else of the sort. Other cool features include Secure Web Auto Login, KNOX support, Content Cards, and many more things. So, Samsung’s Android browser now not only supports Verizon’s versions of S7 and S7 Edge but has also never been a more viable option for browsing the Internet from one’s smartphone than it is at this very moment.