Samsung Free is a free yet “premium content” curation and distribution service released in late 2020. With One UI 3.0 software, Samsung presented its Google Discover alternative, which is going to get a new identity as Samsung News.
According to reports, Samsung Free will soon be getting renamed Samsung News. Putting the other two sections aside, the new Free will focus on the News section more. The feature is likely to let users find relevant stories on Galaxy devices and will only have Read and Listen tabs.
“Starting April 18, Samsung Free app will gradually receive v6.0.1 update, which will turn it to Samsung News.”
The other two tabs – TV Plus and Game Launchers will continue to operate in the Free app. However, users will have to put some additional effort to find them inside dedicated pages as both tabs are reportedly moving away from the home screen pane.
According to Samsung, One UI’s Free app is your go-to destination to immediately dive into the premium content that matters to you, at no cost. For Galaxy fans, Free is their curated entertainment center, consisting of breaking news, podcasts, TV and games.
Tap into news that matters to you
- Access a variety of news articles tailored to your interests. Easily stay on top of local and global news, politics, current events, pop culture and more.
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Samsung Weather Widget gets more accurate and reliable with version 18.104.22.168
The update fixes an issue where the widget would not update the weather information automatically. In addition, it improves the accuracy and reliability of the weather data. However, there’s no new feature or change noted.
The Weather Widget app is a convenient and useful tool that allows users to access the current weather conditions and forecasts for their location and other places. The app also provides weather alerts, air quality information, and sunrise and sunset times.
Samsung Weather Widget 22.214.171.124 update is rolling out gradually to Samsung devices that support the Weather Widget app. Users can check for the update by going to the Galaxy Store app and tapping on the Updates tab. Alternatively, they can also download the latest version of the app from the third-party source link mentioned here.
YouTube kills the affordable ‘Premium Lite’ subscription
YouTube is ending its cheaper “Premium Lite” plan that offered ad-free viewing for €6.99 per month. The plan was only available in some European countries including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden since mid-2021. This plan will be discontinued after 25 October 2023.
The “Premium Lite” plan did not include YouTube Music, offline downloads, or background playback, unlike the regular YouTube Premium plan. YouTube says the company is working on different versions of Premium Lite based on user feedback.
YouTube Premium recently increased its prices for individual plans to $13.99/month while family plans cost $22.99/month. YouTube has also been trying to block ad blockers on its platform.
Many users want a more affordable option to watch YouTube videos without ads. YouTube Premium Lite seemed to be a good solution, but it was not widely available. It is unclear if YouTube will launch a similar plan in the future.
Fresh Samsung Clock update arrives for One UI Galaxy devices
Samsung has released a new update for its Clock app, which brings bug fixes and improvements to the app. The update has the version number 126.96.36.199 and is 27.87 MB in size. The update is currently rolling out for Galaxy devices running Android 13-based One UI 5 /5.1 /5.1.1.
The fresh update of the Samsung Clock app improves the performance and stability of the Clock app as well as fixes some bugs and issues. Although, the changelog of this update does not include any new feature or change.
Samsung Clock app is one of the most popular and useful apps on Galaxy devices, as it provides various functions such as alarm, stopwatch, timer, world clock, and bedtime mode. The app also supports dark mode, edge lighting, and Bixby voice commands. The new update makes the app even more versatile and user-friendly and enhances the user experience.
The update is available for download from the Google Play Store or the Samsung Galaxy Store. The update is expected to reach all Android 13 devices in the coming days. Also, users can get it through the third-party source link mentioned here.