Samsung’s proprietary internet browser pre-installed on Galaxy phones is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to speed and features. It has a true dark mode for those late night browsing sessions in bed, a great download manager, excellent choices for arranging tabs and now the ability to copy text directly from images. Take that, Google Chrome!
Yes, Samsung Internet Beta v18
lets you rip text displayed on images through a built-in character recognition tool that lets you copy the displayed letters to your clipboard to paste into a document or text field.
Unfortunately, the option would only work on Samsung’s latest One UI 4.1.1 edition, so not even the Galaxy Z Fold 3 or Flip 3 can take advantage of this as they are still on 4.1. Speaking of foldable, the Samsung Internet Beta v18 offers a lot of improvements that make browsing on a bendable phone easier.
For example, you can freely move the search bar, which doubles as a URL field, to suit your needs on the big bad folding screen. “Provides an option to move the URL bar to the bottom of Fold devices” is the unassuming name of that feature.
Foldable Phone Location Change Toolbar
Samsung also lets you send URL links directly to the browser in the equivalent of incognito mode under the self-explanatory “Open links from other apps in secret mode” option, which by the way is the default in the new beta, but can be turned off. As for the privacy improvements, here’s what the developers have to say:
Smart Anti-Tracking now also protects against trackers using CNAME cloaking – a relatively new way in which third-party tracking networks attempt to circumvent tracking security technologies by impersonating the first party. We’ve also improved the way Smart Anti-Tracking handles bounce tracking and window.name tracking, making your browsing more secure and private.
With 18.0 we will also be rewriting http links to https by default — making your browsing more secure and private. This feature has also been moved from our Labs to the Privacy Dashboard menu.