Samsung responds to Apple News with UPDAY, its own human-curated news app for Galaxy devices

Samsung responds to Apple News with UPDAY, its own human-curated news app for Galaxy devices
Earlier today, Samsung announced plans to build a news delivery app for its Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The upcoming news app, which will only be available for Samsung's own devices, will fuse content curated by human editors with content conjured by algorithms. 

Called UPDAY, the aggregated news content platform will be built in collaboration with Axel Springer, one of Europe's largest digital publishers. At the moment, it's not clear if the company behind publications such as Die Welt, Bild and Fakt will provide exclusive content for UPDAY, or if Alex Springer will only provide the curation of the news. 

Samsung's decision to partner up with a big digital publisher from Europe is not coincidental. The official press release co-signed by the two companies reveals that UPDAY will be aimed at Samsung Galaxy device owners in Europe, at least for the time being.

Samsung's UPDAY will bring together "need-to-know" content curated by local editors with "want-to-know" content brought up by algorithms based on the user's individual interests. We have yet to test out how these two sources will be balanced out, but all signs are pointing thatt UPDAY is a direct response to Apple News, the human-curated news app announced by the Cupertino tech giant earlier this year.

An early beta is now being rolled out in Germany and Poland, European countries where Axel Springer reaches its peak popularity. The two companies say that the full launch of the mobile news platform will arrive in early 2016, which is also when the service will roll out to more markets across Europe.

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27 Comments

1. JoeDirt

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 19, 2013

UPDAY? Sounds a bit like UPDOG. Lol

16. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

Wish someone would bite

20. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

sure its just coincidence ok....like every samsung device after apple

2. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

LMAO i just cant... difference is Apple News will be used by a huge percentage of iOS users meanwhile FlopDay, i mean UpDay, will be used by nobody like most Samsung services

5. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Lol...It's not as simple as such. Samsung soesn't want to put all of their eggs into somebody's basket. Eg: They didn't wait for Android Pay or Qualcomm 810, instead went with their own solutions and made a huge difference in comparison to other flagships. HTC One M9, LG G4, Sony Xperia Z3+ all are struggling, and one common weak point is the processor. Samsung has enough money to try out their services. Google is not all success - Google plus s**t is now dead..orkut...buzz etc... are big time failure.

8. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

the problem with Samsung is they develop services that overlap with some from Google - like Milk Music VS Google Music, Samsung Pay VS Android Pay, ChatOn VS Hangouts... and the thing is they will always lose the race against Google, cuz Google Services are universal not only for Android but also on iOS, meanwhile Samsung's are usually only for Samsung devices and i can tell Samsung is usually frustrated that they cant play catch-up with Apple as quick as they would like to due to Google's slow implementation of features in core Android

10. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Yeah, enough with overlapping services. Provide something we don't already have. Even Microsoft is making good android apps for everyone these days. Samsung just isn't going to have broad appeal until they quit trying to pull people into their Apple-esk approach. (Tizen watches for Samsung phones etc) Make apps for all devices and all platforms, make watches with Wear that sync with everything, and make IOT devices that are open as well. That's the only way I see them getting any more sales.

21. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It would be the same situation no matter what processor Samsung used. And no Android OEM is doing well against the Apple juggernaut.

17. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 941; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

You must be joking S voice has revolutionised they way people use there phones and even S pay! LOL

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

The job of these manufacturers is to make stable, efficient and optimised ROMs with some features, not these gimmicks which just add bloat to the device. The app developers will take care of apps and services. It's their job and they can do it better.

4. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Unlike Apple ios, manufacturers are not sure on Android platform. Hence they are betting safe by trying out services to build their own ecosystem. For Samsung they will port everything to tizen OS also if needed in future.

12. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

lol wut? Could you give one example where manufactures stepped back from Android ecosystem ? I see them implementing Material Design and giving its flagships faster updates (not as fast as motorola, but faster them it used to be), getting rid of its own apps store, keeping its own apps in play store for easy updates.... Some of them even helping AOSP like Sony. Samsung already stated they wont move from android anytime soon.

6. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Sometimes people don't want 3rd party. It is very nice that the phone simply just does it. There is many things that, while increasing bloat, makes it easy for the consumer. However, this ease for consumer usually kills 3rd party choices. So it is a damned if you do damned if you don't.

18. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I agree.. I see they pushing features to users for the sake of saying "we have this and others doesn't", even Apple does that. I don't know where they heard people curated things are better. Seriously, users needs are too complex to be guided by the mood of the curator... The most amazing thing about streaming is that you listen to whatever you want when you want... And they think tooking this away is OK

19. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I totally agree with you on this one. Such services and apps are welcomed, but not by everyone. Almost all Android OEMs are guilty of forcing us to live with their bloat, even Apple. Give us the option to uninstall them, and download them if we wish.

7. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

Wow Samsung really does follow Apples every step. I don't need another news app Samsung focus on other stuff instead of copying Apple's every step.

14. willard12 unregistered

I'm sure you felt the same way with larger screened phones and smaller screened tablets. Even though some manufacturers said they had no plans for either. The industry follows the money. It would be saying Apple is following Milk Music with Apple Music or Samsung Gear with Apple Watch. They are both looking for ways to make money and being first to release doesn't make the other a follower.

9. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

like I said before...the list goes on and on and on.. unfortunately for Samsung, they will not reach the milestone of catching up with Apple, but they will mimic Apple on Everything. You don't see HTC, Motorola, Sony or LG doing this constant pursuit of trying to mimic Apple products

11. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Samsung should be more proactive instead of reactive like they were when they made the rotating bezel.

25. AlikMalix unregistered

I love the rotating bezel, but that's just a reaction to Apple watch crown. Don't get me wron it's a much better looking implementation. But it is what it is.

13. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

i cant wait to give it a bad review on Appstore

15. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

You mean Play Store correct?

22. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

is this supposed to be like blinkfeed?

23. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

ORDINARY AND TEDKORD, where are you. you live on your phone, so I assume you have read this one!

24. Evan_C

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Yawn. I mean what can we expect from Samsung now a days.

26. AlikMalix unregistered

"Samsung responds to Apple News with UPDAY, its own human-curated news app for Galaxy devices". Of course.

27. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I cant wait to have it, oh wait I use Lg... nevermind I have Google News :)

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