Samsung News App: A Replacement for Google Discover

Samsung News App

The Samsung News app has been officially released for millions of Galaxy smartphone owners. The Samsung News Beta will be available to Galaxy users in the United States as an update to Samsung Free. To initiate a manual installation, navigate to the Galaxy Store >> Updates and follow the on-screen instructions.

Customers will be able to enjoy a variety of reliable news sources in one handy location thanks to the new Samsung News app. With morning and evening briefings and bespoke feeds, Galaxy users can get the daily news they desire from Samsung News.

Samsung News discover engine

It’s a direct hit on Google Discover, which has almost completely taken over the -1 screen on Galaxy handsets. With improved features and an improved user experience, Samsung News is set to put Google Discover to sleep, as it did during Free Days.

If you are already using Samsung Free on a -1 screen, you will notice that the UI and app branding has been updated. On the other hand, all other users will be able to get the software directly from the Galaxy Store. The function will first be available on select phones, and it will gradually expand to more compatible devices in the coming weeks.

Detail about the news app functionalities and version which can support

For the uninitiated, Samsung Free was first introduced with One UI 3, based on Android 11. It is a content aggregator that works similarly to Google Discover. In fact, the Korean tech giant has offered its Galaxy users to choose between either of them. This was essentially the second rebrand after Bixby Home became Samsung Daily and then Samsung Free.

Samsung Free feature allows users to watch Live TV, and free channels, listen to podcasts from top publishers, check on the news through video and text, and play instant games. As mentioned, it is a relatively effective alternative to Google Discover that devices like Galaxy S23 Ultra ship with.

With the most recent update, the tech behemoth combines the “Read” and “Listen” tabs, emphasizing on news content by providing new means. Furthermore, the “Watch” and “Play” sections from the most recent Samsung News are being replaced by equivalent apps on the Galaxy Store: Samsung TV Plus and Game Launcher.

The Galaxy Store now has the version of the Samsung Free app. According to the business, it will be renamed Samsung News with the 6.0.1 upgrade, which is set to arrive on April 18.

While the changes in the new Samsung News are significant, it will be fascinating to watch whether the bulk of users, particularly Galaxy device owners, would choose it, given that many are sure to be disappointed.

News Sources
The Samsung News app will initially offer access to news content from a variety of partners, including Bloomberg Media, CNN, Fortune, Fox News, Glamour, GQ, HuffPost, Money, Newsweek, New York Post, Parade, POLITICO, Refinery29, Reuters, Salon, Slate, Sports Illustrated, The Daily Beast, TheStreet, USA TODAY, and Vice.

Samsung News features include

  • Daily Briefings: Delivered twice a day (Morning Briefing and Evening Briefing), Samsung is working with a team of experienced news editors to bring users the top headlines of the day, all in one place.
  • News Feeds: Users can view a feed of news from Samsung’s partners, categorized and organized for easy access, and in the “Following” tab users can update their preferences to customize the news they see.
  • Podcasts: Users can listen to their favourite news and entertainment podcasts directly within the Samsung News app.
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