LONDON, UK, 22 November 2021– Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., today announced that the ‘Listen Tab’ has launched on Samsung Free, a one-stop app for entertainment. Available exclusively to Samsung Galaxy device owners, the Listen Tab gives customers access to a huge selection of top global and local podcasts, all for free and with just one swipe. With the Listen Tab, customers will have great podcasts right at their fingertips without the need to download an app.
The Listen Tab is designed to offer quick and easy access to Samsung Galaxy customers, allowing them to easily subscribe to their favorite shows. There is also a special curation section within the Listen tab, which will help Galaxy owners see what is new on the platform and trending podcasts which might appeal to them.
In collaboration with Acast and other great podcasting partners, listeners across multiple European countries will be able to have access to top podcasts from major channels and media companies such as CNN, Red Bull, The Guardian and The Economist, among others. The Listen Tab is populated with a huge range of podcast providers for free and without the need for additional subscriptions.
“The expansion of Samsung Free allows us to deliver yet more top entertainment to our customers in a way that is most convenient to them,’ said Richard Jakeman, European Head of Business Development – Smart TV, Mobile and Gaming at Samsung. ‘Without the need to download more apps, and with a simple swiping function to access their libraries, Samsung Galaxy users can personalise their listening with alerts for their favourite shows and subscriptions feeds giving them great flexibility to listen to a wide variety of content on-the-go or in the comfort of their own home”.
Leandro Saucedo, Chief Business & Strategy Officer at Acast, said: “The launch of Samsung Free provides a one-click solution for listeners around the world to find their favorite podcasts, and increases exposure for our creators to millions of potential new fans. For a major household brand like Samsung to show such strong support for podcasting – all within the open ecosystem – is more hugely positive news for the entire industry.”
Samsung Free combines your TV, games, news, and podcasts into a preloaded, lag-less, and costless source of content you can access with a single rightward swipe. To access Samsung Free, upgrade to Android 11 or any Samsung Galaxy Device from 2021 will offer Samsung Free preloaded, while other users including users of Bixby home and Samsung Daily can choose Samsung Free from the Galaxy Store.
Samsung Free Listen tab is now available in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, France and Italy. For more information about Samsung Free, or the new features in the Listen Tab visit www.samsung.com/uk/apps/samsung-free/.
Acast was founded in 2014 and is one of the most eminent podcast platforms, and a pioneer in the open podcast ecosystem, connecting all podcasting stakeholders to one common software infrastructure.
Through its infrastructure, Acast allows advertisers to efficiently target an engaged audience of listeners through dynamic ad insertion, while podcasters are given access to a range of monetization opportunities and the necessary tools to expand their listener base.
The company has a global footprint across 12 countries and, during 2020, had approximately three billion listens on Acast-connected podcasts. Today, Acast hosts more than 30,000 shows.
Acast’s headquarters are located in Stockholm, Sweden and the Company has nine local subsidiaries including UK, US, Australia, Norway, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico and Canada.
In recent years, Acast has undergone an expansion with continued strong growth, with net sales increasing from SEK 180 million in 2018 to SEK 592 million in 2020. As a result of Acast’s recent growth initiatives, the number of listens grew from approximately one billion (2018) to three billion (2020). In the second quarter of 2021, Acast had 880 million listens and an organic net sales growth of 130%.
Acast was co-founded by Johan Billgren, its Chief Innovation Officer, and is listed on the Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market.
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