Don't worry, Samsung is 'working' on Galaxy Note 9 Bixby button deactivation option

Don't worry, Samsung is 'working' on Galaxy Note 9 Bixby button deactivation option
Whether you love or (most likely) hate Samsung’s Google Assistant alternative, there’s no denying that dedicated Bixby button on recent Galaxy flagships can get quite annoying pretty fast. Especially when the AI-powered digital assistant can’t be disabled and you’re not keen on installing a third-party service to remap the side-mounted physical key.

Thankfully, it appears the world’s largest smartphone vendor has listened to the gripes of many early Galaxy Note 9 adopters, preparing a way for you to deactivate the Bixby button on the popular handset’s lock screen.

The feature should “return until end of September”, at least according to the official Samsung Germany Twitter account. When it does, you’ll be able to avoid accidental Bixby activation if you so choose, although obviously, you still won’t be allowed to (officially) reprogram the button that’s generated so much online vitriol.

Then again, if Samsung indeed plans to partner with Google to make Bixby better, smarter, and more versatile, perhaps the company will end up lifting all these restrictions associated with the virtual assistant’s special button... sooner or later. In the meantime, let’s just enjoy the news many of you were looking forward to. And remember, the Note 9 is still wildly expensive, but at least you can get it with some nice gifts included at no extra charge.

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Galaxy Note9
  • Display 6.4 inches 2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh
  • OS Android 10 Samsung One UI


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