Samsung has brought its Samsung Internet web browser to the new Wear OS-based Galaxy Watch 4 The Samsung Internet web browser has been added to the new Wear OS-based Galaxy Watch 4 (via 9to5Google). Browsing the web on a watch doesn’t sound like my preferred method to spend a long period of time on the internet, but I can see how it could be handy for tiny activities like checking a name or searching up a location.
I don’t own a Galaxy Watch 4, so I can’t demonstrate how the Samsung Internet browser works. However, based on 9to5Google’s testing, it appears that Samsung has devised some clever methods to allow you to access the web on your wrist:
An obvious question about a web browser on your wrist is how exactly that tiny, circular display can manage to show full webpages. Samsung’s answer is with gestures. A guide will come up when you navigate to your first webpage that explains a diagonal swipe from either side of the screen will allow users to get to the corners of a webpage. Meanwhile, a swipe up reveals options for bookmarks, “Zoom mode,” and a shortcut to send the webpage directly to your connected phone.
This new browser adds nothing to what you can already get with the Galaxy Watch 4 series of smartwatches, which we felt were pretty good – as long as you already have a Samsung phone. However, a browser on a smartwatch isn’t new; Samsung offers a browser for its Tizen-based smartwatches, and even the Apple Watch has built-in browsing capabilities (though there’s no specific Apple Watch version of Safari).