The S8’s Bixby button can no longer be remapped due to new Samsung firmware

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  • Dimitri

    I get the fact they want the button to only work for Bixby but they should offer a setting which can only have specific apps that can use this button or remap the button for those apps.

    • h2oflyer

      Everyone was so sure of being able to remap the button… That’s Samsung. If they allowed a minimum use for camera shutter, no one would ever change it back to Bixby.

    • Dimitri

      Yeah that is true. It sucks as honestly they should allow us to remap it to lets say the camera app or settings. Something we will use and not something we are forced to use.

    • Andrew English

      Maybe just maybe Samsung is closer to releasing a working version of Bixby by the time the phones actually start arriving. Yes at launch it didn’t work but it’s possibly they didn’t want waste everyone’s time with a beta version so they skipped it and in the end they have been sleepless nights getting it working so its not feature that completely falls flat after April 20th. 🙂

    • Dimitri

      What does that have to do with what I am talking about?. I’m talking about the button being remapped and not the bixby software.. Samsung won’t remap or let anyone remap the button. That’s why they sent out the update to block it.

    • JoMore

      It has nothing to do with it..
      Maybe works for sammy or just a fanboy?
      It’s BS not being able to remap the button… Would be so much more useful to change as needed

  • Mawhayden

    Samsung loves to copy Apple, walled garden included…..

    • Andrew English

      And Apple loves to copy Samsung. And Facebook, WhatsApp, and Apple IM love to copy WeChat who has a couple billion users. No Joke!

    • Mawhayden

      Lol so what about locking out the Bixby button….no comment? Or you going to do a Sean Spicer and talk about everything but what this conversation is about?

    • JoMore

      Sean Spicer used a verb, classic!

    • Sean Spicer was used as a noun there.

    • JoMore

      Psssst before you try and correct someone, take 20 seconds and Google it:

      Person as Verb is the practice of describing an action using a cultural reference — typically by naming a character known for doing the same thing. The name of the show/book/whatever, or the writer/actor/whatever, may also be used. Often the exact usage will be “They just pulled a…(character-name)” or “They did a… (character-name).”

  • TheCuddlyKoala

    Haha locked down crap. Get a superior Blackberry.

  • Nicolas Poké D

    Considering Bixby won’t be ready at launch, they’re likely scared people will remap the button and forget about Bixby altogether.. still stupid imo

  • Roger

    I thought they were touting ‘offering choice to the customers’ when they were showing off Bixby and Google Assistant out of the gate. This is a good reason to go with a discounted S7/S7e for me, or the G6.

    • h2oflyer

      Exactly…Other than the SD835 , I don’t see a heck of a lot that makes this better than the S7s.

    • Roger

      I was going to get the G6 today, but it turned out that my Note 4, which is newer than S4 and S5, is not eligible for Bell’s tradein offer. I will wait until my device balance with Telus is gone and get the S7 or S7 edge.

  • Jaden Drysdale

    Why are so many people looking for any reason to bash Samsung. Lets break this down: Samsung announces device with dedicated button for dedicated service, an exploit is used to remove intended function from said button, Samsung patches exploit, device ships as intended and as promised. Samsung is trying to do something new is a world afraid of anything different or the slightest change. This is all about the software! the button is just a side effect.

    • h2oflyer

      Removing the hard home button and adding a hard side button that doesn’t work now , or maybe never, is innovation and forward design. Right!

      So many people including myself are not looking for a reason to bash Samsung, they’re doing it to themselves with this less than stellar offering.

    • Jaden Drysdale

      Mater of fact Samsung still has a physical home button. This physical button just so happens to reside under the display, it is not a software button. As for the button “not working” Bixby is a multi function software suite accessed through a single interface. Think Google Home, Now, Assistant, image search and health. We all complain about feature fragmentation through apps, Samsung is taking a stab at fixing that. So what if the voice part is not launching immediately, the rest is.

      I suggest everyone demoing the device somewhere, most stores should have them by now even if they can not sell them.

    • TheMelonOfWater

      Well Bixby won’t be available in Canada until later this spring meaning that the button will be useless.