A report has surfaced that Google is in discussions with Samsung to promote the Google Assistant and the Play Store over Samsung’s own alternatives, such as its own assistant Bixby and its Galaxy App Store.

Samsung is by far one of the world’s biggest smartphone manufacturers and a leading Android device maker. Whilst the company’s devices do run Google’s Android operating system, it has tried to build out an ecosystem of its own software that runs atop of Android.

On top of this, Samsung has tried to make its own assistant, Bixby, the most accessible option for customers via a dedicated button on its smartphones. It seems though that most people don’t like Bixby much and would prefer a more acceptable assistant like Google’s.

According to a person briefed on the matter who has told Bloomberg news, the discussions involve giving Google more control over search on Samsung handsets globally which would also see Google’s digital assistant and Play Store for apps on Samsung devices being added over its own services.

A Google spokesperson has emailed a statement to Bloomberg that said:

“Like all Android device makers, Samsung is free to create its own app store and digital assistant,” and “That’s one of the great features of the Android platform. And while we regularly talk with partners about ways to improve the user experience, we have no plans to change that.”

Whilst a Samsung spokesperson has told Bloomberg that:

“Samsung remains committed to our own ecosystem and services,” whilst “At the same time, Samsung closely works with Google and other partners to offer the best mobile experiences for our users.”

The terms of deal have not yet been made public yet and it remains to be seen if both parties can make an agreement. Given Google currently pays billions of dollars to be the default search engine for Apple’s Safari browser on the iPhone and other Apple products, a discussion with Samsung is hardly surprising.

If anything, the removal and replacement of Bixby with the Google Assistant would be most welcomed by Samsung users like myself. We will wait to see what happens more with this new potential deal going forward.

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Peter
Peter
2 months ago

The less Google on a phone the better for me. Google already knows more than enough about people.

Len
Len
Reply to  Peter
2 months ago
  • You are so correct Peter, I have recently purchased a new non-Google phone that is a pleasure to use. My motto is, Google minds everyone’s business but can’t mind their own’
oppo
oppo
2 months ago

get the assist on galaxy watch and u have a gold mine to dig, its just matter of time before google drops the ball on wear OS

TonyW
TonyW
2 months ago

I like a choice. If there is a button, let me pic what it does. As I don’t currently use Bixby, my Samsung ‘Bixby’ button is more annoying than useful. I hope Samsung listens to the users.

Len
Len
Reply to  TonyW
2 months ago

Spot on Tony W, I have got rid of my Samsung J330, purchased a non-Google and it is a pleasure to use. My motto is, Google minds everyone’s business but can’t mind their own.

Oldmike
Oldmike
2 months ago

I actually like having Bixby as well as googles AI , there are things bixby can and cannot do , and also things googles ai can and cannot do .
Why anyone would want to strip away a useful feature like bixby has me dumbfounded.
If you do not want to use it you dont use it , it is as simple as that.
But to each his own .

Philip Clark
Philip Clark
Reply to  Oldmike
2 months ago

Just being able to map Google Assistant to the Bixby button or run on a Galaxy Watch without a 3rd party hack would be nice.