Samsung makes it harder to activate Bixby by mistake on the Galaxy Note 9

Samsung makes it harder to activate Bixby by mistake on the Galaxy Note 9
Samsung is exploring a number of ways to make Bixby great... at last, including leveraging the intelligence of an arch-rival, but before that can happen, many high-end Galaxy smartphone users continue to see the virtual assistant as a nuisance rather than a practical, useful feature.

Bixby has been getting on the nerves of early Galaxy Note 9 adopters in particular, as the infamous dedicated button is still there, still uncustomizable, and worst of all, impossible to disable. Officially, that is.

If it makes you feel any better, a small software update rolling out as we speak is at least making it a little harder to accidentally activate Samsung’s voice assistant on the company’s latest flagship handset.


After updating Bixby from its very own settings menu, you’ll notice a new “Bixby key” option offering two choices. Going forward, you can have Bixby switch on as before, by simply pressing once on that very sensitive side-mounted key, or choose activation to happen only after a double press.

It’s unclear if this is Samsung’s idea of letting Note 9 users “deactivate” the Bixby button, but it’s certainly a welcome change that’s going to save a lot of people a lot of unintentional Bixby Voice triggering action. Just remember that “pressing and holding the Bixby key will always open Bixby Voice.” And no, an option to remap the button is definitely not in the pipeline.

source: SamMobile

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Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)

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21 Comments

1. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Soooooooooooooo any word on the Note 9 that allegedly caught on fire.....?

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

@toosmoove. That's turning out to be a lie.

14. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Figured. Phone Arena & all the other Android bashing 'tech blogs' (BGR, etc.) Are the only ones who posted it.

2. midan

Posts: 2869; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Samsung is trying to force people to use bixby, i thought android world is open and you can do what you want with your device. Most users would just want to disable it and use the button for something else more useful. Now this phone has physical button which most doesn't use.

3. NateDiaz

Posts: 1088; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Changing icon size, moving them from one page to another is called freedom in Android world.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What's that called in the iOS world...oh wait, you can't change the icon size. Both platforms work for their respective users troll.

9. NateDiaz

Posts: 1088; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Don't reply to me ever again, we have already talked about it.

11. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO, what are you going to do, lol

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

@sissy I'm cracking up sis, no problem bruh lol

20. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO, just wondering what he thinks he can do if you reply to him, lol Is he going to reach through the phone and hit you, lol

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Cyber punch lol.

15. NateDiaz

Posts: 1088; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Ignore this dude that's all I could do.

16. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

And a whole lot more.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The Android world is open, but nice try at trying to conflate one thing with another.

6. mrochester

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Android is ‘open’ so that OEMs and networks can customise devices to include their own revenue generating software and services. It’s not for the end user benefit.

18. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It is for the user benefit, and had been very beneficial to users.

10. Knicknevin

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

Samsung just doesn't care. Most don't want to use Bixby and would prefer this button to be customized to their own pleasure... but Samsung is going to keep pushing their own assistant until either there's enough bad press about it, or it the potential gain drops below cost.

12. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Love Bixby and use it a lot. I do think Samsung should let peoe remap it if they want.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Big deal. I made it impossible to open Bixby at all.

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