Samsung’s announcement today that they are running Apple’s Safari browser on their latest slider phone is, of course, not exactly true. What they’re doing is running a version of Webkit, which is the basis for Safari. It’s not the same thing, and Samsung knows it – but their little “mistake” will get their new phone plenty of free press, so good luck to them.
When I first heard the idea that Apple might have allowed Safari on another phone, I thought it was absurd – because Apple just doesn’t do that sort of thing. Sure, they have a version of Safari for Windows, but that was clearly built so that Windows developers could build web apps for the iPhone (at first, anyway).
The more I think about it, though, the more that I think Apple SHOULD license out Safari on as many mobile devices as possible.
Why? Because it would make the mobile web a better place.
Right now the their are very few phones that are running a decent version of the web. I tried a friend’s Blackberry for the firs time in my life a few days ago, and was shocked to see how terrible the web was on that phone (although it did have many cool features that I WISH were on my iPhone).
Safari on the iPhone really takes the web to a completely different level on the web, and if Apple were to freely allow other phones to have access to a browser of that quality they would not only help bring the mobile web to the next level, but it would also increase the Safari brand, which could extend to the Windows version of the application, and even back to Macs.
It’s unlikely that Apple will decide to go this route, but I really think its a move that would benefit not only Apple, but the mobile web in general – what do you think?