Introducing Crystal for Samsung Internet Browser

What is Crystal?

Crystal is an adblocker that I originally released alongside iOS 9 for iPhone & iPad. It had a strong launch and reached #1 on the App Store in 32 countries worldwide! As of today, it is now it is available on Samsung Android devices running the latest Samsung Internet Browser included in the Marshmallow (v6.0) update.

In the latest version of Samsung Internet Browser, Samsung has built in a Content Blocker extension API which allows 3rd party apps, such as Crystal, to provide a filterlist to the browser to block content online. Such as adverts & user tracking.

By using Crystal to block obtrusive advertising, pages will load faster and consume less data.

Once you try browsing with Crystal, you won't want to switch back! 

What features does Crystal for Samsung Internet have? 

Crystal is able to load many different community supported filter lists for blocking adverts in different international regions, block privacy intrusive trackers, malware domains and social networking annoyances.

Also Crystal includes the ability to support sites that conform to the Acceptable Ads criteria by allowing non-intrusive advertising. For people who want to block all ads, there is a “one tap” button to disable the feature to block all known advertising online.

Finally, Crystal updates its filter lists seamlessly in the background ensuring that it is always up-to-date to give you the  most optimal adblocking experience.

Any update on Crystal for iOS?

Yes! I am working hard for the new 2.0 update which is due out soon and has some great new features that have been requested by the community. Watch this space!

Crystal on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.crystalapp.crystal
Crystal on Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1022177308
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Crystal Benchmarks

Update 25/8: I suck at math - I originally posted that pages loaded 74% faster. They actually load 3.9x faster - and the time to load is reduced by 74%. I've edited the below post to reflect this. 

2 months ago I wrote about what I accomplished in an hour with Safari Content Blocker. What started off as a one page experiment has since evolved into a full product I've worked non-stop on over the past 60 days. I thought it would be a good idea to revisit my original post with Crystal, to show how different the mobile web will be with content blockers. 

10 Websites

For this experiment, I have picked 10 pages from different news websites - Some I use regularly, some I don't. The metrics I'm monitoring is page size (in MB) and load time (in Seconds). 10 pages is far from a good sample size for the web, I know, but the web is a big place, and my time to benchmark is limited. 

Websites tested: New York Times, Business Insider, Macworld, Wired, The Verge, PC Gamer, iMore, Kotaku, Huffington Post, Vice.

Method: All sites tested on an iPhone 6+, connected to wifi (154Mb Fiber). All metrics are taken from Safari Web Inspector after doing an Ignored Cache Reload (CMD+Shift+R).

Results

On average, pages loaded 3.9x faster with Crystal and used 53% less bandwidth. Just by having Crystal installed, I saved a total of 70 seconds and 35MB of data on these 10 pages.

See charts below with the raw data.

Page Load Time in Seconds

Page Size in MB

When can I get Crystal? 

Short answer - When iOS 9 is released.

I've already got iOS 9 - Can I get it sooner?

Crystal is currently in a closed public beta, with access rolling out to more people every few days. To sign up for the beta or get notifications when its released, click here for more details. 

I've also made a little Crystal splash page and Twitter account @_CrystalApp to keep you all updated with progress.