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[Poll] Should Samsung keep the Bixby key on the Galaxy Note 10?

When Samsung launched Bixby with the Galaxy S8 back in 2016, the company’s virtual assistant didn’t do much. Well, it was certainly capable enough for a newly launched virtual assistant, but Bixby’s voice functionality didn’t debut for a few months after the Galaxy S8 went on sale, and when it did, it only had support for US English. That made the dedicated Bixby key a major point of contention for many users, who wondered why their flagship phone had an extra button that didn’t offer any benefit.

It didn’t help that the Bixby key couldn’t be reassigned to launch a different app, with Samsung actively disabling third-party hacks that made remapping the button possible, nor could it be disabled completely. But perhaps the heavy-handed approach was important for Samsung. With a long press of the home button assigned to Google Now (now called Google Assistant), Samsung needed a way to make consumers aware of its own virtual assistant, and a physical key was probably the best idea.

Alas, development on Bixby hasn’t moved very quickly. Version 2.0 of Bixby turned out to be incapable of doing some basic things that were possible on Bixby 1.0, and we’re still waiting on that Bixby-powered Galaxy Home smart speaker to go on sale. Perhaps putting a Bixby button on every budget and mid-range phone in addition to flagships would have helped Samsung capture the data it needed for Bixby to evolve at a faster pace, but the Korean giant didn’t go down that route.

And somewhere down the line, Samsung decided to become pro-choice and finally introduced the option to assign the Bixby key to any app or function that the user desired. The company also devised a way to make the power button work as the Bixby key with Android Pie, removing the need for a device to have a dedicated physical button. And if the rumors and leaks are correct, the Galaxy Note 10 might not have a Bixby button, making it the first Galaxy flagship in more than two years to come with only volume and power buttons.

But should Samsung keep the Bixby key on the Galaxy Note 10? Having a separate key to launch your favorite app is very useful, similar to the Active key on Samsung’s rugged Galaxy S Active phones, but is that a big reason the Bixby key should continue to exist? You know, in addition to offering a quick shortcut to Bixby for those who like the assistant and use it regularly?

We want to know what you think, so vote in the poll below then discuss your thoughts with us in the comments section!

Sould Samsung keep the Bixby key on the Galaxy Note 10?

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Plopwobble
Plopwobble

My gripe is – I don’t want or need Bixby and should have the choice to delete – as with any app. I don’t care if the button exists or not but don’t expect an unwanted app to be hiding behind a click or swipe. Bixby is Samsung’s vision – not mine so please give me the choice to remove it completely

locarno
locarno

“become pro-choice and finally introduced the option to assign the Bixby key to any app or function that the user desired.”

I think we can’t assign Google Assistant to it.

ramas123
ramas123

In about 2-3 years bixby will be closed.

locarno
locarno

Yes. Like another Samsung services in the past.

Gunter2
Gunter2

Bixby button is important for me. I like to control my phone without scrolling through menus. Saying good night Bixby switches off the lights puts phone and watch on do not disturb and turns on our air conditioner which is great as it was 35c last night in Frankfurt!! I don’t always use the button but it’s a good extra to have. I also have Google Assistant with two taps though I don’t use Google a lot.

PookiePrancer
PookiePrancer

Bixby 1.0 used to be far more powerful than anything you’re doing right now, so development is moving backwards. It needs to die.

Plopwobble
Plopwobble

I have Alexa who does Sonos, Phillips Hue lights, alarms, heating and security. No need for Bixby

Biransahin
Biransahin

It should remain, it’s very convenient. I have an app to remap it. One click for Google Assistant for websearch and 2 clicks for Bixby for control of the phone settings. It’s great. Having said that I mostly open Bixby with voice command but for noisy environments the button is best.

CrAzYLiFe1
CrAzYLiFe1

Keep the button, remove bixby and let me remap it to whatever.

Gunter2
Gunter2

You can do that. There’s a very good from XDA.

CrAzYLiFe1
CrAzYLiFe1

Link? I havnt looked into it recently but last checked you needed to root. And im not keen on that as i use many features i would loose, and insurance.

They almost nailed it by setting up commands for the button, however it is still controlled by bixby

Plopwobble
Plopwobble

Well said

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I never really accidentally press the Bixby button, so I’m not bothered if it stays or goes. I currently have it mapped to launch the camera and take a photo. For those “in the moment” times I need my camera.

Lightshark12
Lightshark12

keep the button, but let us choose what assistant should it start. i.e. in Russia yandex made pretty cool Alisa, she`s very cute. if they cant make bixby competitive, they should at least leave a choice.

Gunter2
Gunter2

“She” is very cute? Lol. It’s a database and search tool with a synthesised voice. You need to get out more mein freund!😉

Lightshark12
Lightshark12

the voice isn`t entirely synthesised. Alisa is voiced by actress, who also voices russian version of Yennefer and most of Scarlet Johanson roles, so its kinda hot))

jelly bean
jelly bean

The Galaxy S8 was launched in 2017, not 2016

elkduwa
elkduwa

They keep the Bixby button, but remove the once that people use i.e. headphone jack and SD card

Gunter2
Gunter2

They haven’t removed anything yet. Don’t believe all the click bait mein freund. I hear from a colleague here in Germany who spoke to a Samsung employee who said Note10 will have both headphone jack and SD card. Soon you will see more real case renders from Spigen and others and you will see the headphone jack according to this same guy. Hopefully he is right. I just remember this very same clickbait going on for months about S10 and it was bull. The Note10 will be like the S10 in design in my opinion and I don’t even fully… Read more »

stondec
stondec

Bixby used to be great on my Note 8, but it’s a little worse than worthless on the Note 9 and since they’ve not fixed it in a year, it’s good riddance to Bixby and not interested in Bixby home either.

justinut0909
justinut0909

This is what they should remove. Not micro SD or headphone jack.

bayfisher
bayfisher

Bixby 1.0 worked and on OREO, and went downhill since. 2.0 and the new misplaced UI.

cabbe86
cabbe86

No please remove. It’s shit. 😀

PookiePrancer
PookiePrancer

Bixby 2.0 made Bixby worthless, so good riddance.

Samarasx
Samarasx

Everytime I try to launch an app using the Bixby key it would redirect me to Bixby first for some sort of an update before I can access my app. If they eliminate that altogether only then the button would prove useful to me. As is, the button remains unused. Also, support for Google assistant of course… I promise I would still use the long press to access Bixby every now and then, but I call for Assistant at least 20 times a day, it would be super useful to have her respond to a click. Give us what we… Read more »