Developers find workaround to allow Samsung Galaxy S8 users to remap Bixby button (again)


Samsung continues to force Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners to use the Bixby-dedicated button exclusively to launch the personal digital assistant. Since the release of the flagship, many developers have found a way to enable users to remap the Bixby button to open other apps or do other useful operations.

However, the South Korean company pushed software updates that prevent the remapping of the Bixby button. It happened last week in the United States where Sprint and T-Mobile released updates that included new security patch updates and minor fixes.

What Galaxy S8 and S8+ owners didn't know is that these updates also blocked the option to remap the Bixby button. The good news is developers have already found a way to avoid Samsung's restrictions and enabled the option to customize how the Bixby button works once again.


It will be interesting to see whether or not Samsung will continue to deploy updates that would limit the use of the Bixby button, seeing that developers find new workarounds every time that happens.

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Galaxy S8

PhoneArena Score:

9.0

User Score:

9.1
  • Display 5.8 inches 2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie Samsung One UI
Galaxy S8+

PhoneArena Score:

9.0

User Score:

9.4
  • Display 6.2 inches 2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie Samsung One UI

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