Samsung is making it doable for customers to utterly disable the Bixby key discovered on the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, and the Galaxy Note eight, with the South Korean cellphone maker now distributing a brand new replace to its final three Android flagships permitting for the button to be rendered inoperable at will. Doing so is so simple as navigating to the “Bixby Key” part of the system Settings app the place the identical key may also be re-enabled if the consumer needs to take action. The new software program package deal is at the moment being distributed by way of the Galaxy Apps retailer and is anticipated to hit all eligible gadgets over the approaching days. The replace is accompanied by a brand new model of the Bixby Home and Bixby Service methods, although their changelogs don’t seem to say any main additions and presumably solely ship with bug fixes and doable efficiency enhancements.
The new replace builds on the one distributed in mid-September when Samsung allowed customers to disable Bixby activations utilizing the additional bodily keys on its gadgets, although the button itself would nonetheless get up the handsets when pressed. The devoted Bixby key has been one of many uncommon complaints customers had concerning the Galaxy S8 lineup and the not too long ago launched Galaxy Note eight, with all three gadgets in any other case being extremely praised by each critics and shoppers alike. Not all individuals who opted to buy one in every of Samsung’s 2017 flagships wished to make use of Bixby and even some who did ended up not preferring conjuring the substitute intelligence badistant with a devoted button, with that suggestions apparently prompting Samsung to supply its prospects with a solution to disable the important thing. Remapping the button nonetheless isn’t formally authorized by the corporate who beforehand fought in opposition to such makes an attempt with some success.
Bixby continues to be marketed as one of many principal promoting factors of Samsung’s new high-end smartphones and the South Korean firm is prone to proceed pursuing that method over the course of 2018, with the upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus each being anticipated to characteristic the same key devoted to activating the digital companion. The tech big‘s subsequent Android flagships are anticipated to be formally introduced by late winter.