Back in 2012, Samsung embedded Flipboard in its launcher, making news seamlessly accessible from the home screen. The company then used Upday on newer phones, until it released Bixby Home when it launched the Galaxy S8. In addition to being a simple news aggregator, the latter aimed at being a smarter assistant, with cards showing your next appointments, or even letting you order an Uber. However, the company has just announced it will replace Bixby Home with Samsung Daily, its new homescreen newsfeed app.
The company broke the news during its annual developer conference in San Jose, revealing Samsung Daily will replace Bixby Home on its newest devices, ranging from the Galaxy S8 to the Note10. The new app isn't much different from the former, as it's still based on cards showing news, sports, videos, games, music, and even recipes. The company says it's improved the interface for better readability and also made it easier for developers to integrate their content with Samsung Daily.
The app should start rolling out in November and would automatically replace Bixby Home. Even though the name change might suggest a whole new project, it doesn't seem to be much different from what's already available today, but we'll know more in the coming weeks.
Samsung Daily not ready yet
Samsung introduced its Bixby Home replacement, Samsung Daily, with One UI 2.0 betas and then stable versions as they began rolling out. It seems users weren't too enthused about the change and reception for Daily hasn't been super positive, so Samsung has released a notice explaining that Daily is still in beta and it's still taking feedback to improve the service. It also highlighted the steps you can take to uninstall Daily and get back Bixby Home if you prefer that.
From Samsung Daily to Samsung Free
After finally rolling out Samsung Daily across its devices in 2020, the company is now making another shift in its homescreen experience. A new service will replace Daily, called Samsung Free, and will provide a tabbed interface with better formatted news and games. Some cards and content you've gotten used to seeing in Daily will be removed, but it's not clear which apps and services are affected.
Here's a video showing off what Samsung Free is expected to look like:
— Rydah | Samsung Daddy (@SamsungRydah) November 4, 2020