The extra side keys on the G7 and S9 should serve a higher purpose (poll results)

The extra side keys on the G7 and S9 should serve a higher purpose (poll results)
It turns out that extra side buttons, apart from the lock key and volume rockers, may not be such a good idea, after all, especially in their trendy reincarnation that launches digital assistants on the Galaxy S9, or the new LG G7

Granted, they use different virtual helpers - Samsung's button launches its own Bixby butler, while LG bets on the tried-and-true Google Assistant, yet just 10% of our poll respondents on the virtues of extra clicky physical keys on the sides, think that assistance function will be put to good use.

More than half of our respondents are liking the trend of more side buttons, but would prefer that the companies give us an option to use them for other duties. LG told us during the prebriefing that they will be listening to feedback from users, and provide other mapping options if there is strong enough user demand for it, which sounds like the right approach. 

Still, over a third of you think that sides that are peppered with keys ruin the looks, and sometimes the ergonomics of today's premium phones, so makers could take notice, no matter the urges to peruse the monetizable data collection that all digital assistants carry with them.

Are you a fan of extra side keys, like on the LG G7 and Galaxy S9?

Nah, they just ruin the visuals, and can be inadvertently pressed
Oh, yeah, baby, press for assistance!
I like them, but rather have them mapped to something else...

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1. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Better implementation of it is HTC U 11,U 11 Ultra and U 12 squeeze feature on both the side of the phone which can be use for all kind of customize task rather only remapping to Virtual Assistant.

2. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Damn U iPA!!! for double post!!! Fix the Comment Post Thread if can't replace it with delete option.

3. KingSam

Posts: 1521; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

If u use a frequent app u can launch from the sleep state and scan fingerprint or face. You can bring out side panel with toggles, triple press for emergency calls and a host of cool ideas. Options, give us options.

4. corvette72778

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I've been using the app bxActions ever since the S8+ came out to use Bixby button and remap it for Google (single press), Google voice (double press) and last but most used a flashlight (press and hold. It's an awesome app!

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