We previously learned that with the help of an app, you could remap the dedicated button found on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ to activate Samsung’s Bixby AI assistant. Whelp, it looks like Samsung caught on to this little trick, as a new firmware rolling out to all S8 and S8+ devices will rid the handsets of the hack. In other words, you’ll no longer be able to remap the Bixby button in any form or fashion.

But why? Because Samsung actually wants users to use Bixby rather setting the assistant aside and switching to, say, Google’s offerings. Sure, it’s a good move on Samsung’s part, but this is gonna stink for anyone who was interested in picking up the Galaxy S8 in hopes of having a programmable shortcut button.

A later update to XDA’s article regarding the S8’s firmware update indicates that Samsung has officially confirmed this change is being rolled out. So much for All in One Gestures pulling through…


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Posted by Max Buondonno

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  1. […] Samsung famously blocked users’ first attempt at remapping the Bixby button on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, but since it’s Android phones we’re dealing with, it was only a matter of time until someone came up with an alternate route around this blockage. Thankfully, developer Dave Bennett has come through with a new app called BixRemap that’s currently free in the Play Store. […]

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  2. […] while a long press could launch the Google Assistant. It’s all up to you, which is a saying not many companies are delivering on […]

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  3. […] that was the month of April when it was originally discovered the button could be remapped, then couldn’t, and then could again. Now, you’ll be forced to use Bixby whenever you hit that button […]

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  4. […] Originally, the button was proven to be remappable to whatever app or action users wanted, but then Samsung came into play and attempted to close off this functionality. Later, developers found other ways of programming […]

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  5. […] hardware buttons are very annoying especially when they do what you don’t want them to (Bixby!), so it’ll be interesting to see how useful the hardware turns out to […]

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