Samsung is testing one of the most controversial iOS 15 features in its Samsung Internet App. When updated, the browser address bar moves to the bottom of the screen.
Samsung’s internet update was spotted in the browser beta by Dan Seifert of Verge.
As Seifert notes on his Twitter thread, the idea of placing the address bar at the bottom of the browser is not new. It was also not created by Apple, companies like Microsoft implemented it in Windows Phone a few years ago.
Interestingly, though, Samsung waited for Apple to roll out the feature in its Safari beta before testing it on its own phones, especially given that Apple received such backlash when the company initially made the change.
Apple initially made it so that users were forced to use the address bar at the bottom of the display and removed a number of shortcuts from the browser. However, the ability to choose where to place the panel was later added following complaints from disgruntled iOS and iPadOS users.
We found that the biggest problem with moving the address bar was that it disrupts your muscle memory at first, but some users will find it helpful to position the bar closer to where their thumbs hover above the screen.
There is no clear winner here, which means the location of the address bar is up to your personal preference.
Luckily, Samsung has included the ability to move the address bar to the top or bottom of the browser from the get-go, so you don’t have to worry about getting used to a new location if you hate it already.
Just go to your browser settings and click on Layout & Menu to choose your placement.
If you’re an iPhone user, you can also learn how to customize Safari’s address bar options in our guide to changing its appearance in iOS 15.