Samsung is blocking users from reconfiguring the Bixby button on the Galaxy S8.
The company has made , which is being marketed as one of the phone’s key features.
In a move designed to help establish Bixby as a genuine rival to Google Assistant, Samsung even decided to equip the S8 with a physical Bixby button.
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However, soon after the handset’s unveiling, it was discovered that , to make it launch any other app.
Since – Voice, arguably its main component, has been delayed – the ability to re-map the button was a handy option to have.
Unfortunately, it’s no longer available to customers.
reports that Samsung has blocked the ability to reconfigure the Bixby button with an over-the-air update.
Philip Berne, Samsung’s head of review for the US, has confirmed the move, , “It was exploiting a system-level behavior. That behavior has been changed. Can’t say it will never happen, but we won’t officially support.
“I can’t say for sure why this behavior changed, but I can say that we are not supporting remapping that button.”
The company is, of course, well within its rights to make such a move, especially as Bixby needs all the help it can get at this early stage.
However, considering the virtual assistant’s shortcomings, it feels like a small slap in the face for customers.