Finally! Samsung gets rid of Bixby button on Galaxy Note 10

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Finally! Samsung gets rid of Bixby button on Galaxy Note 10
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is coming soon and it's coming in two different flavors, both high-end phones with an S Pen: the Note 10 will be the slightly more toned down version, while the Galaxy Note 10+ will be the true "show-off" model with a bigger battery, 5G support in some markets, a time-of-flight depth camera and up to 12GB of RAM along with 512GB of on-board storage.

But what I want to highlight in this article is one feature I am particularly excited that Samsung has killed on both versions of the Note 10: the Bixby button!

You read that right: two and a half years after Samsung introduced the Bixby virtual assistant along with the physical button on the Galaxy S8 series in April of 2017, it looks like the company has finally realized no one actually wants that button and the only thing it does is get in the way and results in quite a few times when you accidentally press it instead of the power button.

The problem with Bixby



The problem with Bixby seems to be that while it is capable of some specialized functions as for example you can tell it to do a whole sequence of actions, it was neither as fast, nor as knowledgeable as rivals like the Google Assistant or Apple's Siri. And people simply did not seem to use it as much and as happily as those other assistants.

Truth be told, it seems that Samsung has been backtracking when it comes to pushing Bixby front and center on its phones starting even earlier. At launch, back in 2017, Samsung did not allow the Bixby button to be remapped, muting efforts of third-party apps aiming to bring some functionality to it besides the Bixby assistant itself. With the Galaxy S10 series, we saw how Samsung softened up and allowed remapping the button. With the S10, for example, you can fine tune the button so that a single click action would actually not open Bixby, but launch a completely different app, a great step forward (you would still have Bixby access with a double click, it was not possible to disable the assistant completely). 

With some pretty extensive leaks of the Galaxy Note 10 series, we can now confidently say that Samsung seems to turn its back on the Bixby button on phones entirely as the key is not present on any of the leaks. Moreover, we are not sure what will happen to the Bixby assistant functionality in general.

Bixby on wearables is a different topic


It's worth noting that Samsung seems to keep on pushing the Bixby assistant in its wearables. We have seen the Bixby assistant on the Galaxy Watch Active, an affordable smartwatch that Samsung launched in spring, and a successor to that device is rumored to be coming soon with expanded Bixby functionality. So we do expect the assistant to hang around, we are just not very certain about its presence on phones.

What are your thoughts about having a dedicated Bixby button? Would you miss such a feature? And what do you think about the Bixby assistant in general?

Related phones

Galaxy Note 10
  • Display 6.3" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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27 Comments

1. srgonu

Posts: 557; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Heyyyyyyy... Victor is happy for change on one of the android phones... Note 10 is privileged. Unfortunately along with Bixby button they should have removed Spen and later followed with power button, volume button, screen and finally phone. :)

5. oldskool50 unregistered

Saying they should remove the Spen is completely dumb. All you have to do is buy the Galaxy S.

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6824; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

He was being sarcastic. You should have finished reading his entire comment...

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7444; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

In all honesty I think the Bixby button was fine. Just give users the option to use any Assistant they want. But if Samsung is getting rid of the button altogether, then I hope they put the HTC or Google squeeze feature on their new smartphones instead.

25. TBomb

Posts: 1568; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I do like the squeeze on my P2.

26. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1081; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

As long as they don't do a "long press power key for assistant" function, I'll be happy. Maybe they could just do a double-press Power for Bixby/GA, like similar to how they added the Bixby remapping function with One UI

22. dvlprr

Posts: 70; Member since: May 08, 2019

Okay. People will get iPhones an that’s always good.

2. Fred3

Posts: 561; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I hope it's not on the S series as well. That button gets pushed on accident too many times lol. I wouldn't mind a silent slider button like the Oneplus though. That was one of my fav features when I owned one.

3. torr310

Posts: 1674; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I don't use Bixy button and I think Samsung is going to get rid all of the physical buttons... not my cup of tea.

4. Alter

Posts: 232; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

Bixby button? More like flashlight button.

6. southernzombie

Posts: 357; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I don't get why people hate the bixby button so badly. Granted bixby doesn't work nearly as well as Google assistant you can program the bixby button to open pretty much whatever app you want. and i have never, not one single time, hit the bixby button instead of my power button.

8. srgonu

Posts: 557; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Agree with you. I also use predefined command set which works great.

24. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

I accidentally hit the button while just holding it when I'm not careful on my s8+. It lines up just where I put my thumb which holding it in my left hand.

7. OneLove123

Posts: 1189; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

I like bixby.

9. oldskool50 unregistered

I guess this is one thing me an Victor can see some eye to eye on. I too just didn't see the need for the button. Even though Siri was once tied to a button for activation. But at least it wasn't a separate button. The Bixby button was badly located, to easy to accidentally press when I didn't need it. Assistants are best when written into the UI like Siri and Google ended up being. Bixby isn't going anywhere. Though they really need to brand it with a different name. So glad its gone. I rarely even use Bixby. I think all voice assistants are stupid and pointless due to the fact you can get what you need quicker by other means. But dedicated a button to it, is even worse.

11. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1832; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I use Bixby all the time and find it a lot better than Google assistant and Siri

17. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

We found the Samsung spy

23. dvlprr

Posts: 70; Member since: May 08, 2019

Blah blah blah

13. chenski

Posts: 774; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Unfortunately they also removed the headphone jack

15. pimpin83z

Posts: 591; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Welcome to 2019.

14. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1578; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

The Bixby button is on the opposite side of the phone as the power button, I never understood how people accidentally hit it unless they are unable to remember which button turns their phone on.... Siri I haven't used since 2016, Google assistant blows my mind how horrible it is, Bixby I actually used for awhile and enjoyed. At the end of the day I quit using Bixby not because it's bad, but because I don't care to use voice commands. I don't use any of the digital assistants.

18. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

Little to no nerves in their left hand so they hit the other button instead of the volume buttons. Jk, but really, they suck at clicking the right buttons is why, it's so simple. Bixby is weird, never used it and when I saw it being used it was super slow. But really everyone needs to stop being lazy and do everything themselves, typing is faster than voice to text because most people use it for short commands only. Literally someone will ask how old an actor is and by the time that's done, I already typed their name and figured out their age. It's easy when you get used to it

19. MsPooks

Posts: 170; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Bixby USED to be awesome about three months after the beta rollout. You could open any app with it, and even navigate within third-party apps to make them do what you wanted. It allowed deep system controls as well. I used it exclusively, as it was far better than Assistant, never mind Siri. And then Samsung "improved" it with Bixby 2.0, and I've barely used it since. It sucks now.

20. seantn4

Posts: 54; Member since: Dec 11, 2018

The Bixby and power button are one in the same just like siri/power on an iphone.. mark my words.

21. AlienKiss

Posts: 200; Member since: May 21, 2019

If you want to disable/uninstall Bixby without root, install adb on the computer and turn on developer options on your phone. Then, open the terminal on the pc and type: adb shell pm disable-user --user 0 com.package.example Replace com.package.example with the desired package. Done! You can use uninstall instead of disable, but you'll need to hard reset the phone to get it back.

27. berns

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 07, 2014

Yes, finally, the very-seldom-use button will be out, since I got my Note 9 almost a year ago I have never used this button, but accidentally pressing it is more frequent than it's meant for.

28. toyboyz

Posts: 235; Member since: Jan 22, 2010

O Bixby and your button how I won't miss the

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