Google is ready to pay Samsung to abandon the voice assistant Bixby
Samsung is one of the biggest manufacturers of Android smartphones, but every now and then it tries to distance itself from Google’s influence on its business. And the voice assistant Bixby is one such attempt to build its own ecosystem. Google wants Galaxy smartphones to have their voice assistant installed by default. Negotiations on this are now being conducted by two companies, judging by the statements of insiders.
Google promises to pay extra in exchange for destroying Bixby. Based on the multi-billion dollar deal with Apple that made Google the default in Safari on the iPhone, the amount could be hefty. The deal could also include abandoning the Galaxy Store’s own app store. This will allow the “good corporation” to squeeze the Android user even tighter in its arms.
For Samsung, this will mean reduced support and development costs for related services, stable payouts from Google, and surrender to pushing its own service infrastructure.