Samsung is less than a month away from the release of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S21 range. However, it seems that Google’s recent attempt to bring the South Korean company’s user interface in line with other Android vendors has been successful. As discovered in a tweet and first reported to Android Police, the Google Explore screen appears to be included in the device’s default One UI 3.1 home screen. It should be noted that it is a T-Mobile branded device, which could mean that it is a bespoke agreement with that carrier. However, we’ve known since the summer that Samsung and Google are discussing making the Google Assistant better known than Bixby. This could suggest that Google won.
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It’s not even the first time the two have talked about such things. Touchwiz, the predecessor of One UI, had deviated significantly from standard Android a long time ago with the Samsung Galaxy SII and was forcibly asked by Google to rule it with future models.
It is assumed that Google Discover will be included as an option in the Samsung Galaxy S21 range. Users can choose to use it or switch to Samsung Free, the successor to Samsung Daily that is powered by Bixby.
The news will do something to cure the frustration of loyal Samsung users who would rather use the Google Assistant over the less powerful but native Bixby. If users of previous generation devices start getting updates for Samsung One UI 3.0, it’s pretty likely that One UI 3.1 will arrive towards the end of the second quarter of 2021, presumably with this change on board. Samsung isn’t alone when it comes to making the switch back to Android. Around the same time that discussions were taking place with Google, OnePlus code teardowns indicated that there will be a switch between Google Discover and OnePlus Shelf in a future build.