Samsung had launched its virtual assistant Bixby to take on the likes of Google Assistant and Appel’s Siri. It was first introduced in Samsung Galaxy S8 where the company had provided a dedicated button for Bixby. However, Bixby did not manage to impress the user or the critics. It was even said that the dedicated Bixby button was useless.
Another thing that users didn’t like was the fact that they couldn’t remap the Bixby button on their Samsung device for some other ‘useful’ function. But with the introduction of Samsung Galaxy S10, the South Korean technology giant has finally given the option to remap the Bixby button to the function of users’ choice. And now, Samsung is giving the same option to the users of the old Galaxy smartphones so that they can remap the Bixby button to some other function of their liking.
In the upcoming Android update from Samsung, it is giving users the freedom to remap the Bixby button. With the update, users can remap the button to open any app or enable/disable any quick commands. This feature will be available to smartphones that have received the Android Pie update.
Samsung has confirmed that all the older Galaxy devices with a dedicated Bixby button will be getting the feature. This includes Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S9+ and Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
It should be noted that all these smartphones have already received the Android Pie update, but it is limited to few countries only. Till now Samsung hasn’t given the exact date when the new update will arrive but it has confirmed of its arrival.
The company said, “Bixby Key Customisation is compatible with the Galaxy S10, and will be available via a software update on previously released Android Pie-based One UI software. Bixby-enabled flagship smartphones running Android Pie OS.”
Samsung explained that now the users can customize the button to launch Bixby with a single or double press of the button. They can also remap the option to launch an app or quick command. Bixby has also been revamped in the new update, new features including Bixby Voice, Bixby Routines, Bixby Vision and new language support has also been added to Samsung’s assistant.