Galaxy S10’s Bixby key remapping coming to older Galaxy flagships

Samsung had a lot to show off about the Galaxy S10 at the official launch, but it naturally left out some of the smaller things. You know, like how the Galaxy S10’s Bixby key can be remapped to launch any app the user wants. And if you have been wondering if the remapping feature will come to your current Galaxy flagship, then you’ll be happy to hear that it will.

Samsung has confirmed that Bixby key remapping will come to older flagships like the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 8, and Galaxy Note 9 through a software update. In fact, our Galaxy S10 review unit doesn’t have the option to remap the key, either, but we should see it on retail Galaxy S10 units when they go on sale early next month. The company is calling the remap feature ‘Bixby Key Customization’, and as explained earlier, it will offer users the option to either launch third-party apps via a single press or a double press of the Bixby key.

A few other Galaxy S10 Bixby features are coming to older flagships

The Galaxy S10 also comes with a number of other new Bixby features, all of which will be coming to older flagships. They include the ability to share saved Quick Commands with other users, add shortcuts to those commands on the home screen, and unlocking the device with Bixby Voice.

You can read about these features in detail on Samsung’s in-depth article about the Galaxy S10’s Bixby functionality. Don’t forget to check out our Galaxy S10 hands-on experience as well, and look forward to our official review in the coming weeks.

View Comments (12)

  • What about Digital Wellbeing? S8, S9, Note8 and Note9 will get it with update too? This is normal Pie feature, come on...

    • Probably will, but no one knows at the moment. Even Google didn't release it for Pixel devices on day one, so should come as an update later on.

  • "Bixby key remapping will come to older flagships like the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S9, and Galaxy Note 9 through a software update"

    Ummm... what about Note 8? I will assume Note 8 will get this since the S8 is listed but can you guys confirm this since that being left out of the article is odd, and Samsung has done stupid stuff on many occasions so I wouldn't put it past them to screw us over.

    • Ah, we just mentioned some of them, not a full list. Will amend. If the S8 gets something, Note 8 will as well.

  • Any news on the open camera SDK to older flagships? That's definitely the best thing Samsung would do since everyone complains about the quality of pictures in third party apps.

    Thank you.