The Samsung Free app has been updated with a dedicated podcast section. Previously known as Samsung Daily, Samsung Free is available on the Galaxy S21, S20, S10, Note 20, and Note 10 series of devices.
The company replaced Samsung Daily with Samsung Free starting with its One UI 3/Android 11 update.
Samsung Free Gains a New Listen Tab With Podcast Support
Samsung Free already offers users the option to check the latest news, play instant games, stream videos, and more. Samsung is now adding podcasts to the mix as well. There’s a dedicated podcast section that can be accessed from the Listen tab.
You need to ensure that you are logged into your Samsung account before you can start listening to podcasts, though. Also, make sure to update the Samsung Free app from the Galaxy Store to ensure you are running the latest build of the app with podcast support.
Samsung claims on the Samsung Free page that it has the “top podcasts across news, society & culture, true crime, comedy and sports.”
Samsung has partnered with the Liberated Syndication, the leading podcast hosting platform, to bring podcasts from over 75,000 Libsysn’s podcasters to Samsung Free.
Liberated Syndication notes in its announcement on BusinessWire that Libsyn podcasters will be able to add their shows to Samsung Free on a limited basis at launch, with access expanding over the coming weeks. Podcasts from other broadcasters like NPR and iHeartMedia will also be available in Samsung Free.
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How to Access Samsung Free on Galaxy Devices
Samsung Free can be accessed on flagship Galaxy and Note devices by swiping to the right from the home screen. This will open up Samsung Free, from where one can access the podcasts section by going to the Listen tab from the bottom toolbar.
Samsung Free also provides Galaxy device owners with quick access to their favorite Samsung TV Plus channels, which they can watch live. On-demand movies and shows are also available as a part of Samsung Free, all for free without any subscriptions.
Samsung Free Is Not a Dedicated Podcast App
Samsung has not launched a dedicated podcasts app. Instead, it is just adding the ability to listen to podcasts via Samsung Free on its flagship Galaxy devices. This experience is notably different from using a standalone podcast player like Pocket Casts or Google Podcasts for listening to podcasts.
Nonetheless, this is also the first time that Samsung is offering a podcast player pre-installed on its Galaxy devices.