On 21st April 2017, Samsung and Google announced that Google Play Music will be the default music player in future Samsung devices. The announcement was made alongside the retail launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8.
The partnership actually began back in 2016, with the Samsung Galaxy S7 using the Play Music as its default player in an effort to reduce duplicate apps that clashed with Google Android services, this had been present in previous Samsung devices. Google, in turn, is enhancing the app specifically for Samsung users.
This includes an increase in the maximum number of tracks that can be uploaded to a cloud locker of the service. For other users, this is capped at 50,000 songs. For Samsung users, however, this will be doubled to 100,000. This cloud-based storage allows the tracks to be accessed and played from anywhere and this feature comes at no extra cost. Now, Google will compete with Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music, among others, for subscriptions. The new users will get a free 3-month trial period. This is similar to the owners of the Google Pixel and a few other smartphones.
This is only for new customers and not currently existing customers and will be available worldwide. Google has still said that it will develop special features in Google Play Music just for Samsung customers. This will include support for Samsung’s smartphone assistant, Bixby, as soon as it rolls out voice command support. The original Samsung music player app will still remain available, but through download only.
This is great for Google, as its own music app will now be the standard music app on the most successful and widely available and used smartphone brand Samsung. Indeed this will help with Google’s ambition of leading the streaming music app market in the future.