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.

source: Samsung Germany (Twitter) via SamMobile

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  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)

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22 Comments

1. kevin007in

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Finally, learning from the mistakes .

2. Feanor

Posts: 1287; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Generally the idea of having two competing AI assistants in one phone is for me a clear indication of the subpar way that Samsung thinks about software. Then contemplating about disabling the home-brewn (and clearly inferior) one is downright embarrassing.

3. Cyberchum

Posts: 1011; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Coming from someone who probably has a couple of competing apps installed. Browsers? Social media? Messengers? The Bixby hate from probably non-samsung users is too much. And Samsung has every right to push their services on their products.

5. Feanor

Posts: 1287; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

The AI assistant of the phone is not just any app. Even less so if it even sports its own dedicated button. It's not the same as e.g. enjoying having Spotify and another offline music player for your stored music. It's an integral part of the OS. Maybe they can next year introduce a third assistant, Baxby and have Bixby and Baxby have catfights with each other.

6. Feanor

Posts: 1287; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

The AI assistant of the phone is not just any app. Even less so if it even sports its own dedicated button. It's not the same as e.g. enjoying having Spotify and another offline music player for your stored music. It's an integral part of the OS. Maybe they can next year introduce a third assistant, Baxby and have Bixby and Baxby have catfights with each other.

10. DolmioMan

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

I’ve heard plenty of Bixby by hate from Samsung users, Samsung has the right to push their services just as the users have the right to hate it, Samsung always position themselves as a “look how much we listen to our customer feedback” company so why won’t they let Samsung users remap it? The Bixby button is in a stupid area too.

14. iushnt

Posts: 3049; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

The hate are more from non Samsung users, strange. As an iOS user, I hate Siri though.

4. Awalker

Posts: 1958; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Deactivation should be an option regardless if the feature is popular or not. The Pixel 2 has a squeeze option for Google Assistant and it can be disabled. That's the way it should be.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30777; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I just don’t have an issue with Bixby. Sure I’ve hit it without trying, and I don’t use it all the time, but same with Siri on my X. I flat out love Bixby’s capabilities, and it works great for me. On another note, Gear S3 users...you’re gonna love Tizen 4.0.

8. Vyshak75

Posts: 60; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

Did you try? I would really love to have it on my S3 asap....

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30777; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I have the New Galaxy Watch. 4.0 is preloaded on it, and it’s fantastic.

11. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Inconsistency at its best. They tried to be apple but they cannot command their cheap costumers. Now they’re going to remap the useless button just like their phones after 2 years. Lag s**t! Slow update! Burn in! Trash!

15. iushnt

Posts: 3049; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

How are they trying to be Apple when neither Apple has dedicated Siri button, nor Siri is any better than Bixby.

16. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

This imbecile again.

17. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Another poor moron spotted.

20. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1504; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Don’t introduce yourself in such a manner. :)

12. D34ever

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

They had better be truthful about this. That damn Bixby button is annoying. It's at a location on the phone where Bixby can be launched accidently.

13. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 147; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

The feature should “return until end of September” What is it ? Should or shouldn't? Lol

19. xfire99

Posts: 1204; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Make it an option to use it as camera shutter too on all Galaxy phones with Bixby button!

22. kamen

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

To h*ll with Samsung if they do it the S8 way - you MUST SIGNUP for Bixby account in order to deactivate the button!!! Then, again, I am pretty sure they didn't include deactivation option here, so that people are forced to at least try Bixby.

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