It seems that Samsung and Android developers are playing cat and mouse here, as the situation surrounding the Bixby button on the Galaxy S8 has been quite the roller coaster. 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 this extra hardware to do whatever you want, but Samsung is trying to again block this level of customization with a new software update that’s rolling out now.

But now, as per app developers’ recent updates to their Bixby button remapping applications, it looks like the devs have taken yet another shot at Samsung in successfully remapping the Bixby button.

Both the developers behind bxActions and Custom Bixby Button (via Android Police) have updated their apps and state they’ve outsmarted Sammy yet again by finding another way to direct users’ interactions with the Bixby button to another area of the phone. There’s even some new capabilities featured in the apps.

Hey, Android developers always find a way. Whether that means rooting or hacking your phone with ADB tools or something, Android devs somehow can always figure out how to get around blockades set by even the biggest of corporations, including Samsung.

You can download bxActions and Custom Bixby Button for free from the Play Store.

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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. […] This software update also includes the navigation bar tweaks as seen in a recent T-Mobile upgrade for the S8 duo. There’s also a pretty good chance the Bixby button has been locked yet again in this update, but developers have already made their move and made it remappable yet again. […]

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