Samsung Galaxy S21 series could come with Google Discover pane on the homescreen

Samsung Galaxy S21 series could come with Google Discover pane on the homescreen

Samsung is less than a month away from revealing the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S21 range. It does appear, however, that Google’s recent push to bring the South Korean firm’s search interface in line with other Android vendors has been successful.

As spotted by a user on Twitter who first noticed the Google Discover pane on the homescreen of a recent Galaxy S21 hands-on leak (and corroborated by Android Police), it seems that the Google Feed will be included in the stock One UI 3.1 home screen of the device. It notes that this is a T-Mobile branded device, which could mean it’s a bespoke arrangement with that carrier, but we’ve known since the summer that Samsung and Google have been in discussion about giving Google Assistant more prominence over Bixby. This could suggest that Google won out.

It’s not even the first time that the two have had words over this type of thing. TouchWiz, the predecessor of One UI, had diverged significantly from stock Android, way back with the Samsung Galaxy SII, and was forcibly asked by Google to reign it in with future models.

It’s understood that Google Discover will be present in the Samsung Galaxy S21 range, as an option. Users can choose to use it, or switch to Samsung Free, the successor to Samsung Daily, which is powered by Bixby.

The news will do something to cure the frustration of loyal Samsung users who would prefer to use Google Assistant over the less-powerful but native Bixby. Meanwhile, as users of previous-generation devices start to receive Samsung One UI 3.0 updates, it’s fairly likely that we’ll see One UI 3.1 arriving towards the end of Q2 2021, presumably with this change aboard.

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Chris Merriman
Chris Merriman

I am the UK News Editor at XDA Developers. I’ve been writing about technology for over a decade for the likes of The Inquirer, where I was Associate Editor, Computer Shopper UK, and IT Pro. I’ve also appeared on Sky News, BBC, Al Jazeera and recently left a long-running weekly tech news spot on TalkRadio UK. My love of technology comes from my family who hail from the pioneering days of Silicon Valley - in fact my Grandfather worked on Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. I’ve been using smartphones (and reading XDA) since the HTC Canary in 2003. I’m also a smart home obsessive. You can find me tweeting as @ChrisTheDJ or email me at [email protected]