Is Samsung developing its own mobile browser?

Samsung may be developing its very own mobile browser, if a new report from South Korean news agency the Electronic Times is to be believed.

According to the online publication, the Samsung browser will be based on the WebKit open source browser engine underlying Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome browsers. It will reportedly be developed by the Advanced Software Platform Lab at Samsung’s Information Systems America R&D Center in Silicon Valley.

A recent job posting seeking WebKit developers "with a keen interest in modern browser architectures and expertise in mobile software and hardware” for the lab suggests Samsung could very well be preparing to kick start its efforts in the mobile browser sphere.

The move could create competition for Google’s Chrome Mobile browser, which was launched in February and is compatible with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and up. Chinese search giant Baidu also recently stepped into the mobile fray, releasing its own Baidu Mobile Browser, which is available in Chinese and English for devices running Android 2.2 Gingerbread and up.

According to recent data from research firm Statcounter, Opera leads the global mobile browser industry, with a market share of 21.7 per cent. Android and iPhone are not far behind, with 21.56 per cent and 19.54 per cent, respectively. In the UK, Apple’s Safari for iOS is leaps and bounds ahead, with more than one third of the mobile browser market.

Samsung has not confirmed the rumour, but we wouldn’t be too surprised if it proves true.