Verizon’s S7 users can finally (finally!) download Samsung’s default web browser.
For some weird reason, Samsung’s default web browser was missing from Verizon-branded versions of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. And if you tried visiting Google Play to nab the app, it said the browser was incompatible with your device. Wussup with that, Verizon?
A history of micro-managing
For those of you who are still stuck in a choke hold with Verizon, you already know the company has control issues. I should know, because I fled that abusive relationship a while ago. Yes, I blame them for this “issue.”
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A heaping load of BS
Saying a phone manufacturer’s own default browser is “incompatible” with their own flagship device is enough to raise some eyebrows. It all smacks of some sort of corporate bickering going on behind the scenes, and given Verizon is involved, it’s not hard to believe.
This has happened before
Believe it or not, companies bicker like old married couples sometimes. One wants one thing, and the other wants something else entirely. And in the end, it’s usually the kids (you, the paying customer) who gets caught in the middle, even if you never quite understand what all the hubbub was about.
Browsing on your terms
Truth be told, there’s plenty of better browsers to use than Samsung’s default, like Chrome for instance, or perhaps Dolphin or Firefox. But the browsers I feel are better is besides the point. You should be able to use whichever browser you like, especially on your pricey new S7.
What’s Next: Service providers form exclusive relationships
AT&T had the exclusive on iPhone for several years, but that ship has sailed, and no one carrier will get an exclusive on flagship brands like Galaxy S7 or iPhone 6S.
Currently, carriers do enjoy exclusives with lower level Galaxy phones, but that’s about it. However, the compartmentalization of specially branded features is definitely something you can bank on.
What this means for you is one day, you may have to choose a specific carrier just to get those one or two features that are only available with a given carrier. Think buying a Nexus just so you can use WhatsApp, or choosing an iPhone because it’s the only way you can use Instagram.
But the good news is there’s always a ROM or root that will be able to circumvent the issue and put control of your device back in your hands where it belongs (mwah-ha-ha!).
What’s your take?
Would you switch carriers just to get an exclusive app or feature? Would you root your way out of the problem, or just blow it off as something you didn’t need? Post your thoughts and comments below.
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