Bixby

Samsung allowed Bixby key remapping to prioritize user convenience

Samsung introduced Bixby alongside the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in 2017. It has since developed into a powerful digital assistant, and so has the Bixby key on Samsung’s flagship smartphones. The Galaxy S10 series, in particular, introduced the all-new ability to customize the dedicated key.

Evolution of the Bixby key

Earlier, a single press of the Bixby key would open Bixby Home, while a long press would pull up Bixby Voice. But now, Samsung is presenting you with one more option, the ability to launch Bixby Home with a double press of the key. This new ability minimizes the possibility of Bixby opening up due to accidental pressing of the key while in the middle of a task, as users are not likely to press the Bixby key twice by mistake.

You can also remap either a single or double press of the Bixby key to open any third-party app you like. The ability was first enabled on the Galaxy S10, and is now available on Samsung’s older flagships as well.

Another useful function of the Bixby key is the Bixby dictation feature. This feature comes really handy when typing long messages, or when your fingers are wet. Simply open the keyboard, press and hold the Bixby key, and start dictating your message. Bixby will have your message typed for you. As simple as that.

The decision to offer this ability is in pursuit of prioritizing convenience to users, said Eui-Suk Chung, Executive Vice President and Head of Software and Artificial Intelligence at Samsung. “Our top priority is to offer our consumers the best possible experiences,” he said. Samsung will continue to evolve Bixby in the same way.

Many would have appreciated if Samsung had offered this from the start. It constantly got flak for now allowing users to remap the dedicated key and even prevented third-party apps from doing so. No wonder so many people wanted to know how they could disable Bixby altogether.

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Plopwobble
Plopwobble

Let’s be honest – the issue here is not about a button but – Bixby its self. Bixby is not wanted / needed or useable by many. Therefore Samsung have used tactics to ensure Bixby is always present – or at least tripped over. Samsung has caused a great devide with Bixby and needs to make a decision soon;- Bixby or continue with dwindling sales? Trick statements like ‘remappable’ button sets expectations of being able to disable / remove Bixby. The truth is – Bixby is is even more present. The answer – allow users to enable or disable any… Read more »

locarno
locarno

You can remap Bixby key, but you cannot disable it completely.

obsydian
obsydian

Samsung have removed the option to remap to Google or Alexa

Rrrr4321
Rrrr4321

I thought remapping was a positive gesture, but you need to register with Samsung first and sign into your account….

Sneeky. The effect is a worse experience and all your information goes to Samsung. I quickly removed my Samsung account. Hardly touch the Bixby key anyway.

altansat
altansat

TURKEY language and no useless

Gardol
Gardol

Why should I buy a phone with stupid useless button when my language is not supported since years and never expected to be???? Guy from Poland.

jekylnaruto
jekylnaruto

your language isn’t that special to begin with. lol. why would they prioritize it?

Gardol
Gardol

I am not talking about prioritizing my language – I am talking about stupid extra button for function which uses very few languages (at the beginning almost none!).

Abhijeet
Abhijeet

To be fair, it’s all about how many users there are. They didn’t launch support for Hindi or English (India) here in India, but they adapted English US/UK to understand the Indian accent. Samsung also has much of its software development in Bangalore, India, so I guess that helped in them deciding to support the Indian accent.

deez1122
deez1122

Not finding it anywhere? I own the Note 8 and keep trying to see if there are updates for bixby so I can change it, but its only giving me either activate bixby or do nothing. That’s it

Adnan F.
Adnan F.
o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

As a right handed person, I have never accidentally pressed the Bixby with either the S8+ or the S9+
Not counting the times I’ve been in the dark and thought my phone was facing me when I’ve gone to pick up and pressed the Bixby key thinking it was the power key.

Abhijeet
Abhijeet

I did quite often in the early days, like when the S8+ came out, but that was a long time back and got over it quickly. I think Samsung just wants to rub it in our faces that it’s finally giving us the option to remap it and has just added the rest of it as filler in their article. 😛