Bixby key customization saga ends on a sour note for Google Assistant fans
by Adrian Diaconescu / Mar 01, 2019, 7:14 AM
Google Assistant, and we have every reason to believe that's an intentional omission rather than some sort of a glitch. While our Galaxy S10+ review unit has yet to receive that software update aimed at improving camera stability and bringing Bixby customization to the table, we've managed to update the Bixby app on a commercial Galaxy Note 9.One app in particular that doesn't seem to be compatible with the button remapping option is
That means we should now be able to remap the infamous side-mounted hardware key to our "favorite app", but that's simply not possible for Google's hugely popular virtual assistant. The same appears to apply to Alexa and Cortana, according to a number of Galaxy S10 reviewers and everyday Note 9 and S9 users. Basically, Samsung still doesn't want you to replace Bixby with a voice-controlled digital assistant from a rival company, which... kind of makes sense.
It's worth pointing out that the Bixby key remapping option remains useful for many other things and quick-launching many other apps. You still have to leave either the single or double press method reserved for Samsung's own assistant, but you can program the other one to open Facebook or Instagram, for instance.
In theory, it should also be possible to create a quick command designed to launch Google Assistant, which you could then assign to a Bixby button single press or double press, but that doesn't seem to work either, and even if it did, it sounds like a super-inconvenient workaround for a problem that shouldn't exist. Oh, and by the way, the customization feature does work with Google's core search app. Yup, this is a complete mess.
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Well, it will take 1-2 more years until Samsung will give up Bixby.
posted on Mar 01, 2019, 7:20 AM 2
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Why should they. The people that don't like Bixby are the people that don't know how to use it. Does it need ore polishing, yes it does. I do wish they would fid a better place for the Bixby button, like above the volume buttons i have learned not to hit it but, every now and then i do.
posted on Mar 01, 2019, 8:15 AM 4
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I know how to use it. I've zero use for it, therefore don't like it, or its dedicated button. There is absolutely nothing that bixby can do that GA cant. Nothing. The opposite, actually. I'm not going to buy Samsungs smartthings just to be able to use bixby with my smart home when GA does it just fine without needing to buy anything else. Luckily this isnt an "either or" situation, but the bixby program and button are nothing more than dead weight for non samsung fanboys.
posted on Mar 01, 2019, 8:29 AM 3
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Do you even know what Bixby does or are you one of those haters who havent used it and jump on the hate bandwagon? Google Assistant is for web searches and some phone commands. Bixby is more about phone commands like take and send a screenshot, open and install apps, find specific vacation photos and it can do some general web searches. Bixby can Open the camera and record a video, Turn up ringtone volume to 70% (Turn on do-not disturb, turn up the brightness to 50%, etc).
posted on Mar 01, 2019, 11:21 AM 4
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This writer has to be an apple user. Nothing sour about this. All you have to say is ok Google. No need for the Bixby button.
posted on Mar 01, 2019, 8:25 AM 0
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I'd like to see a poll of how many Samsung users actually use Bixby. But they can poll for all the assistants so that everyone has an option. Apple - Siri Apple - GA Apple - Siri and GA Apple - none Android - GA Android - none Samsung - Bixby Samsung - GA Samsung - Bixby and GA Samsung - none Windows - Cortana... anyone? j/k Like that for example. So we can actually learn something instead of getting a bunch of unhappy voters that just mess with the result. Personally I still have never agreed to the terms of Bixby so it doesn't even launch if I bump it. Samsung have improved the button requiring it to be held down to launch, so it doesn't take me out of my current app if I tap it by accident instead of the volume.
posted on Mar 01, 2019, 9:56 AM 1
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Bixby is trash, Samsung will eventually drop support for it. Then Bixby can take its rightful place next to chat on, milk music, etc.
posted on Mar 01, 2019, 12:36 PM 1
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Just because you don't like it and you are a Samsung hate boy also doesn't mean everyone hates it. No , i don't use it for everything, but i do use it some and i like it, does it need some polishing, yes
posted on Mar 01, 2019, 1:28 PM 2
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