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.

By using BixRemap, you can reprogram the Bixby button to access whatever app you want. Unfortunately, it’s not the cleanest method to re-route this button as a) the button’ll still open Bixby before opening your assigned app, b) you have to deal with a persistent notification telling you the service is running, c) you need to grant the app permissions to track your usage, and d) the app is still in early stages so you’re not guaranteed to get the same results every time. Nevertheless, it’s at least nice to have something rather than nothing when it comes to creating a physical shortcut to something you’ll actually wanna use.

Cue Samsung developers trying to figure out a way to block this method, too.

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Posted by Max Buondonno

Founder and executive editor at Matridox (formally MBEDDED). I've also founded and am the sitting CEO at MBEDDED Media, a new kind of media company. Lover of anything and everything involving technology. I know CSS and basic HTML to an extent. Writer, blogger, critic, coder, and self-certified genius. Oh, and I'm told I'm a legend, if that means anything to you.

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  1. […] execute using touch input – will prove to give Bixby actual usefulness and won’t make using the hardware key all that […]

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  2. […] 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 you’ll probably think […]

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  3. […] users wanted, but then Samsung came into play and attempted to close off this functionality. Later, developers found other ways of programming this extra hardware to do whatever you want, but Samsung is trying to again block […]

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