native brower support bug

Samsung Galaxy S3 – Undiscovered Native Browser Bug

Higher data bills

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst have discovered a bug. One that could result in you having data bills that is higher when compared to normal. This browser bug was discovered in the GS3’s stock Internet browser.


The detection of this bug can be attributed to the quartet of Emmanuel Cecchet, Robert Sims, Xin He, and Prashant Shenoy, where they were halfway through testing a Quality of Experience (QoE) benchmark application when they stumbled upon it and will share the study this week at a conference, which may shed more light on the issue. It does not seem to affect too many people since the srcset standard (which causes the bug) is still being drafted, and to be on the safe side, just use a Firefox or Chrome browser.

In some cases, this particular bug would request too many picture downloads over a cellular network and cause page load errors. In one test, Internet Explorer downloaded 600kb of information while the GS3 browser downloaded 2.1MB of data.

The Solution

The good news is that people can get rid of these bugs by switching to a new browser like Android or Google Chrome which users can quickly make the default browser. In addition to this change, Samsung should have time to resolve any errors here before the mass rollout of srcset. Google browser still provides a better user experience with tab syncing to the PC so tabs are always at hand and the ability to keep login information synced between devices.

The update does weigh in at a heavy 186 mega bytes, so be sure the handset is charged and is tethered to a Wi-Fi network.

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