Samsung to finally allow users to disable the dedicated Bixby button, but it still cannot be mapped to other functions

Samsung finally allows users to disable the dedicated button. The button, however, can only be disabled and not be remapped to launch an app of choice.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 which was launched in India on 12 September also saw the launch of Samsung's Bixby voice assistant in the country. While this does mean that the dedicated Bixby button on the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 could finally be put to use, many would argue whether the button still serves much purpose.

Samsung to finally allow users to disable the dedicated Bixby button, but it still cannot be mapped to other functions

Samsung Bixby

As per a report by Sammobile, Samsung finally allows users to disable the dedicated button, but there is a catch here. The button can only be disabled and not be remapped to launch an app of choice which still essentially would make it a useless button to have on the phone. However, this does negate chances of accidentally triggering Bixby Home which was an annoyance for most.

The latest Bixby update allows a new toggle which lets users decide whether the button should trigger Bixby Home when pressed.

The report adds that this can be altered even in the Bixby settings menu. Sammobile does mention that this toggle was not spotted on all updated Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 8 devices, suggesting that it could be a while before everyone gets the added option.

Image: Sammobile

Image: Sammobile

Bixby was debuted in March along with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus but did not include a voice assistant until late last month after Bixby Voice was launched globally.

Bixby has received updates frequently improving it from where it started but may still require a lot more polishing before it can take on the likes of Siri and Google Assistant.

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