Latest update allows Samsung users to disable the Bixby button, customization - still a mirage


With Bixby being one of the highlight features of Samsung's latest devices, many users have had a love-hate relationship with it. While it's a rather good and capable virtual assistant, Samsung's unwillingness to make the dedicated Bixby button user-customizable and the constant play of cat and mouse with app developers has proved that Sammy doesn't want that hardware key to be used for anything else than launching Bixby. 

Yes, Galaxy S8, S8+, Note 8 users will either use it to open Bixby... or not use it at all!

That's exactly what the most recent Bixby update brings - a toggle that lets you disable the Bixby button from doing its intended job. However, this doesn't disable Bixby altogether, but merely prevents users from accidentally enabling it by pressing the key. That will be mighty useful to users that 

The update should be rolling out now to Galaxy S8, S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 handsets out there. 
 

source: SamMobile


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45 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Disable a button you paid for. What a d*ck move Samsung.

3. umaru-chan

Posts: 358; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Bitchby is a bloatware only loved by dumb samsung b*tches. Every famous reviewers, websites trashes bitchby (bixby) and labeled it as failure or structural bloatware. Samsung knows how trashy it is and how it's crappy experience hinder the user experience. That's why they are allowing user to disable it. Only samsung's lying b*tches say bitchby is great, everyone else say it's a shitty service. I say Samsung did a good job here. Congrats Samsung.

9. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Not a fan of bixby (or any other personal assistant at the moment) But you seem very offended by bixby. LOL Helpful advice, don't let smartphones stuff get to your feelings. Go outside, and get some fresh air.

13. umaru-chan

Posts: 358; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

You seem very offended by my comment. LOL Helpful advice, don't let other people's comment get to your feelings. Go outside, and get some fresh air. LMAO.

18. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Read your comment, then read mine, compare, and check which one had more cussing, butthurt, and hate. Now, reflect on how stupid you made yourself look by telling me that I'm the one that's offended. LOL

21. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Don't mind him. He likes to follow the bandwagon, in this case, Samsung fanboys.

28. umaru-chan

Posts: 358; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

I don't mind him. He is a tool, nothing else. It's too easy to make fun of a bandwagon di*k riding. Sometime it's hard to resist to make fun of faker like him. ;)

40. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Congratulations, you just d*ck rided Flash while he's d*ck riding you. LMAO. You trolls are hoeply, but still entertaining LOLOLOL

41. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Classic Flash, d*ckrides everyone who says anything against me. LOL I appreciate your efforts of stalking me though, good job! :)

10. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

They disabled the physical button not the Bixby software itself.

14. umaru-chan

Posts: 358; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Bitchby is still trash but At least they are giving the option to disable the physical button. A move in the right direction. They should allow user to remap it to use google assistant.

22. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I wouldn't mind Bixby if it was "optional." I don't need something that useless when I have Google Now/Assistant.

29. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

31. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Bixby is good and works good, you must haven't used it in a while. Also people against Bixby were against it without even trying it, they were against based on the sole principle google assisstance was already install and they deemed to be better no matter what samsung did. So critics isn't something you should rely on when they are already against it. I use Bixby over google assisstance in most cases because I was using Google assisstance for a year before Bixby and Bixby is better at so many things. Bixby actually improved a great deal since I had the preview, it's smarter, the language understanding is better, her voice got improved a lot could be a bit better. Bixby is not perfect but at the rate it's improving I think they could be the best in a year.

35. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Since it's an Apple troll, there's a 100% "chance" it's never used Bixby.

36. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Another stupid as a troll.

38. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Better then Siri And if it's bloat then siri is too. What is the difference.

44. dazed1

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

You pathetic noob, bixby is amazing, you know nothing.

15. hazard1

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

They did this, no doubt as a compromise. People like me disliked it and kept pushing the button accidentally. They DO NOT want people to use the button to activate the camera (or any other app), for example. So, as far as compromises go, it is fair.

32. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Then don't disable the button u paid for... it's ur choice to disable or not to disable

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah! Bixby, eh? She's obsolete and will probably go down the drain pipe to meet its predecessor, The S-Voice, sad! Now that we have the excellent "Google Assistant", there's little (to no) reason for manufactures to spend extensive R&D on AI learning projects. Total waste... Google Assistant is head and shoulder above Siri albeit with a less catchy name. They should've called it GreenMan! Now how about that, eh? Oh well, G'Day!

19. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I beg to disagree, Sir!!! Bixby isnt going to live a short life like its predecessor. Bixby is going to exist on every Sammy smart device including their SmartTVs, Refrigerators, Washing Machines and many more, eventually. The scope of it will vary across the appliances but there will be a presence for sure.

4. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Why not add an option called "disable everything" lol.. Disabling options is the new innovation, the next big thing.

8. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Then they would be accused of copying Apple, you know, disable the headphone jack, touch ID, etc.

23. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Well I see that you are copying material from the Android purists.

42. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Whatever you say, multi-account Apple purist.

12. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

It's called "Package Disabler Pro". You can actually disable most of the bad stuff without triggering Knox or losing your warranty.

16. hazard1

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

If I get and keep a Samsung phone going forward, Package Disabler will be a Godsend.

24. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Or just don't get a Samsung phone. If you ask me, they're more flash than substance.

26. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The same could be said about your brain. You have one, but sadly, it's useless.

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