Samsung is finally allowing users to disable the Bixby button on Galaxy 8 and Note 8 phones. Many users haven't felt the need for the dedicated button or have been annoyed by how often its placement caused them to accidentally launch the assistant - but until now Samsung wouldn't allow users to turn it off. The latest Bixby update, however, includes a new toggle that lets you choose to disable the launching of Bixby Home from the button. Samsung is finally allowing users to disable the Bixby button on Galaxy 8 and Note 8 phones. To do so, install the update, open the new toggle or Bixby setting, and select'don't open anything' To disable the button, install the update, open the new toggle or Bixby setting, and select'don't open anything.'
Samsung's Bixby digital assistant hasn't been received well by Galaxy S8, S8 and Note 8 users. And now Samsung is reportedly replacing the head of the Bixby team and might even launch a new version of the assistant next week. Samsung's Rhee In-jong is being replaced as the head of development of the Bixby digital voice assistant by Chung Eui-seok, the head of service intelligence at the company's South Korean headquarters, according to The Investor. The Chung's service group is in charge of developing Bixby and other services related to artificial intelligence. Chung worked for Ericsson before joining Samsung in 2011 and is credited for being the software specialist behind Samsung's security program Knox and Samsung Pay.
Samsung's Bixby assistant won't be the reason you buy (or don't buy) your next Samsung-manufactured smartphone, smart refrigerator, smart router, or smart speaker. And Samsung is finally coming to terms with that. This was the implicit thread underlying the 2019 Samsung Developer Conference (SDC), which kicked off in earnest on Tuesday at the San Jose Convention Center. Unlike last year, when Samsung announced new languages for Bixby (German, French, Italian, and Spanish), plus Bixby Marketplace for third-party voice apps, this year's enhancements were on the whole understated. Bixby Templates and Bixby Views make it easier for developers to create capsules (apps, in Samsung's vernacular) across a range of devices, while Natural Language Categories enable Bixby to recommend apps by context instead of name.
Samsung's latest crop of flagship phones -- Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 -- have a dedicated button that can only be used to launch the company's smart assistant, Bixby. Not everyone cared for Bixby (especially since it took forever for Samsung to actually enable it on its phones), so third-party hacks appeared shortly after the launch of S8, letting users change the button's functionality to something else. Samsung wouldn't have that, so it quickly made it impossible to change the button's behavior. Now, Samsung has relented and made it possible to disable the button -- to an extent. SEE ALSO: Here's what Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 looks like on the inside According to Sammobile, Samsung appears to be slowly rolling this functionality out to users in the form of a Bixby update.