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Hey Samsung, Indian Galaxy S8 users really should have a way to quick launch the camera

Samsung has always been accused of throwing in everything but the kitchen sink into its phones as far as software features are concerned. Some of these features are useful, while some are fun for a little while before you forget they even exist. Falling in the former camp is the camera quick launch shortcut that Samsung introduced with the Galaxy S6, one that lets you press the home button two times to launch the camera at any moment.

With the Galaxy S8, this feature has been relegated to the power button, but as Indian users will soon find out as they get their hands on their shiny new Samsung flagship, the quick launch camera feature isn’t present on the Indian models. Samsung tells us this is because the Indian government requires a smartphone to dial emergency services on three presses of the power button, and the camera launch feature would have clashed with this regulation as users might press the power button three times by mistake.

Samsung isn’t wrong here, as it’s not hard to put in an extra press sometimes when you’re trying to launch the camera in a hurry. But it’s hard to fathom that Indian users will have to live without the ability to quickly launch the camera, especially if they’re coming from an existing Samsung device with the same feature. It works just so well that you would think Samsung would have built in an alternative for Indian users instead of ripping out the feature entirely for consumers in India.

It’s not hard to think of such alternatives. Putting in the camera shortcut with a warning that it might overlap the emergency shortcut would be the logical step. If not that, maybe Samsung could give us the ability to remap the Bixby button. That puts Bixby at risk of being overridden, but is that really an issue for a service that will take a few months to be fully functional in the country? Putting the shortcut on the volume buttons is another alternative, although that might cause issues when you’re playing media and want to control the volume levels of the device.

None of these alternatives work as simply as having the power button do the job, but it’s disheartening to see that Indian users will have to wake up their phones and launch the camera manually. It will feel almost like a maneuver from the stone age for regular users of Samsung’s Galaxy phones, and we urge Samsung to come up with a solution that can be the middle ground between letting users fire up the camera quickly and being able to dial emergency services when the need arises.

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azimb4u
azimb4u

Guys I am using Note 8 Indian version and it’s sad that we don’t have that very useful feature but Samsung has given an alternative to it by double pressing a virtual home button on a lock screen (you can activate it in AOD settings) And of course if you still want a power button to do that than you can factory reset in recovery mode and switch it on by inserting a UAE sim which will change the csc code to UAE version and allow you to use double press to open camera.(samsung pay will work but you will… Read more »

hashmianas3
hashmianas3

Wait..
Home button on the Galaxy S8 is always there
even if you hide home button on AOD it still works if you press on that area..

so why not use “Double Tap on Home Button area” to Launch the cameta app?

Luke Meiritz-Reid
Luke Meiritz-Reid

Abijeet aren’t the rest of us so so lucky not to live in India such a disappointment that one can’t quick action the camera.
Good Grief get a life Abijeet find a real issue stop trying to create one

friss
friss

A easy fix will be single press the Bixby button to launch Bixby and double press the Bixby to quick launch the camera, problem solve Samsung, so easy, need me to teach you?

Btw, India really weird what dial emergency services on by pressing 3 times on the power button…like seriously?! Seem like India is very dangerous country thus their people need quick access to emergency services. Unique India.

India1
India1

Exactly!! We need the Quick Launch Camera back Samsung !! Unlike rest of the world, India can have that option off be default like and whenever someone toggles Quick Launch to on, it can show the warning regarding the emergency services. BTW, as far as I remember iPhone has the ability to switch off the triple press for emergency services, it’s not mandatory that you have to keep it on. Moreover say if you have a kid who often plays with your phone and he ends up calling emergency services every time, that would be really annoying. So there should… Read more »

maccyb
maccyb

Here’s where Indian people should lobby their government representatives to change the rule, or for government technical staff to develop an app that sits on the lock screen?

iamnigeloke
iamnigeloke

Maybe Samsung should put the double press button to the Bixby button, there’s no other alternative in terms of hardware shortcuts (Oppo’s quick launch is by drawing an O on the screen when off)

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

They’ve changed the Bixby button in the latest update. it can only be launched at a double tap. I guess to prevent people launching it accidentally. Long press will launch Bixby voice in the future. there are apps that will let you launch the camera with a double press of any button (except Bixby) or have it as a lockscreen shortcut? its there by default

HomerS66
HomerS66

Restart your phone, then it will be back to normal with single press of the Bixby button to launch it.

WP00
WP00

Double deep press the home button? May work, if a little cumbersome.