It turns out what you say really has an effect on Samsung. After many months of backlash in which customers utilized third-party workarounds, the Bixby button can be officially deactivated on the company’s 2017 flagships.
Samsung has slowly-but-surely been rolling out a silent update to Bixby allowing you to disable the button’s only function.
There aren’t many things to dislike about the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8, but the dedicated button for Bixby is something the masses can agree on being able to do without. Samsung wanted to essentially force its digital assistant to be used, so it included the Bixby button right below the volume rocker. However, a big problem developed. Rather than encouraging the use of Bixby, Samsung created frustration as owners of its phones were accidentally pressing the button. Bixby was being activated when it shouldn’t have.
Other digital assistants, such as Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, are activated by voice. Samsung recently added that for Bixby, though the button-related issue still existed. Now, with a software update rolling out to the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8, you can completely rely on your voice to call on Bixby.
The Bixby app on Samsung’s phones is getting updated to show a “Bixby key” toggle. If it’s on, you can continue using the dedicated button. If it’s off, you can open Bixby by swiping left on the home screen or using your voice. It’s unclear, though, where the change is going live first.
Remapping the dedicated button for different purposes is still not allowed. Although it’s letting you deactivate the Bixby button, Samsung doesn’t want you to do anything else. So, when deactivated, the Bixby button becomes just a dead button.