Samsung’s latest Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus were the first handsets to come with a dedicated Bixby button. But for the most part, it turned out to be rather annoying than useful for a majority users as it was prone to accidental presses.
Though, it seems Samsung has finally listened to the plight of users and reviewers who found the dedicated Bixby button rather intrusive and imposing. Now, users can choose to disable the dedicated Bixby button on their devices.
As a new update allows Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, and Galaxy Note 8 users to de-activate the Bixby button thereby removing the possibility of accidentally launching the assistant, which many found frustrating.
The Galaxy S8 is undeniably a great handset, but many users have complained of pressing the dedicated Bixby button by mistake. Though, thanks to the new update, users can now stop this from happening. The update is being rolled out in phases, as sources suggest that the Bixby disable feature is yet to arrive on all compatible handsets.
Meanwhile, Samsung has now released Bixby voice commands in over 200 countries across the globe, which were earlier only available in Korea and the US.
According to Samsung, ““Bixby’s added functionality will let users seamlessly navigate their phones and easily switch between voice commands, touch, vision, and text. Bixby is an intelligent interface available on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ that makes interacting with your device, services and apps more instinctive and seamless”
With full voice commands, Bixby can perform basic tasks such as aloud your emails as well as text messages. In addition, it also comes with deep machine learning tools and advanced image recognition capabilities. For instance, it can detect objects in an image. Back in May, Samsung also confirmed in the press release that they’ve released Bixby Labs to integrate support for third party applications.
But so far, it appears Bixby hasn’t become popular among users and none its feature have really caught on. Users still prefer sticking with Google Assistant along with Alexa, which are probably the best digital assistants out there.