Samsung Google Play Music team-up makes Galaxy S8 more vanilla

He confirmed the Google Play app "will be the default music player and music service on new Samsung phones and tablets globally". While there are no new Samsung-specific features for the two partners to boast about right now, Samsung owners using Google Play Music will see some exclusive perks while they wait for new features.

Samsung users will get some extra bonuses. Google Play Music's usual free trial period only lasts 30 days, CNET noted.

Defaults are powerful, and being the default player on the biggest Android smartphone maker could be just what Play Music needs to take off. Samsung users will also get special Play Music features as part of the partnership. On Friday, April 21, coinciding with the retail launch of the Galaxy S8, both companies announced that Google's music app will become the preferred music player on Samsung mobile devices. Subscribing to Google Play Music means you are signed up for YouTube Red, which offers ad-free access to YouTube, as well as special programming. YouTube Red is not available in all territories worldwide just yet, so Samsung's customers in regions where service isn't supported will unfortunately only get Google Play Music. The regular, no-frills Samsung music app remains available but must be downloaded from the Play Store, as was the case with the S7. It would not be a major shock to see other brands try for this double-storage-size deal in the near future.

Lastly, Google is bundling a free three month trial of the service with all new Samsung devices.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has a bill of materials (BOM) that cost $301.60 United States dollars (approximately 407.57 CAD), according to a preliminary estimate by IHS Markit, making it much pricier than previous Samsung smartphones. It's the Google equivalent of Spotify or Apple Music and it's pretty good. Some users have already started asking Samsung about the issue.