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Bixby remapping now available on older Samsung Galaxy devices as well

The Bixby button can now be remapped on older Samsung Galaxy flagships as well. (Source: CNET)
The Bixby button can now be remapped on older Samsung Galaxy flagships as well. (Source: CNET)
Samsung is now offering the ability to remap the Bixby button on older flagships such as the Galaxy Note 9, S9/S9+, Note 8, and S8/S8+. The update is available via the Galaxy Store and allows the user to select a custom app to launch with either a single or double tap of the Bixby but not both. This means Bixby Home will continue to be available and the user cannot totally disable it.

One of the most welcomed aspects of the new Samsung Galaxy S10 phones apart from their cool hardware is the ability to map the Bixby button to a function of their choice. Samsung is now bringing the functionality to older flagships such as the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy S9, and Galaxy S9 Plus.

After installing the Bixby update that is now available in the Galaxy Store, go to the Advanced Features in the Settings app and then tap on Bixby key. Now here's a catch. You can remap the Bixby button to launch a third party app with either a single or a double tap but not with both. That means, one of the single or double tap gestures will still continue to open Bixby Home depending on the option you select. A long press will take you to Bixby Voice.

Samsung is probably doing this so that users don't abandon Bixby for good but still get some flexibility with assigning the button to something useful instead of letting it sit idle.

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-03- 1 (Update: 2019-03- 2)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
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I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.