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  1. VW Maverick's Avatar
    Getting info from XDA that a software update has closed that loophole.
    Stand by for confirmation.

    Mav.
    Ry likes this.
    04-17-2017 01:41 PM
  2. VW Maverick's Avatar
    "Flar2 was in the process of updating his Button Mapper application to support remapping the Bixby button soon after he received his Samsung Galaxy S8 from Telus in Canada. He was able to get the application working initially, but after he downloaded the latest system update from Samsung (build version NRD90M.G950WVLU1AQD9), he discovered that his application was no longer working. It turns out that Samsung has modified the system to consume the Bixby button’s key events before it reaches the Accessibility Services, effectively making it impossible to remap the Bixby button as of now (at least without root access)."
    04-17-2017 02:02 PM
  3. ninjakel's Avatar
    Well that sucks. Hopefully there will be another workaround soon.
    04-17-2017 02:11 PM
  4. EMGSM's Avatar
    Well that sucks. Hopefully there will be another workaround soon.
    Here's just one article.

    Samsung has blocked remapping of the Bixby button on the Galaxy S8
    VW Maverick likes this.
    04-17-2017 02:16 PM
  5. Kalvin Kerns's Avatar
    Getting info from XDA that a software update has closed that loophole.
    Stand by for confirmation.

    Mav.
    Why on Earth would they do that!?
    04-17-2017 02:19 PM
  6. Ry's Avatar
    Not surprised.
    04-17-2017 02:27 PM
  7. donm527's Avatar
    Because they are forcing you to use Bixby as often as possible. Even if you accidentally hit the button or swipe any of the tiniest data it can get like location at time they can use and sell and make more money from you and count it as a click and say more people access it over Google.

    Why on Earth would they do that!?
    DMP89145 likes this.
    04-17-2017 02:28 PM
  8. TERATOGEN's Avatar
    Another reason I'm waiting for Note 8. After the outcry they'll probably change it back by the time Note 8 comes out.
    04-17-2017 02:30 PM
  9. Ry's Avatar
    Another reason I'm waiting for Note 8. After the outcry they'll probably change it back by the time Note 8 comes out.
    I kind of doubt that. If the Note 8 has a Bixby button, I fully expect it to be locked to Bixby.
    VW Maverick, jimd1050 and johnriii like this.
    04-17-2017 02:40 PM
  10. EMGSM's Avatar
    I kind of doubt that. If the Note 8 has a Bixby button, I fully expect it to be locked to Bixby.
    Personally if it were locked to Bixby, I don't know how long it would last. There are a lot of talented coders out there.
    04-17-2017 02:44 PM
  11. Stickboy46#CB's Avatar
    Another reason I'm waiting for Note 8. After the outcry they'll probably change it back by the time Note 8 comes out.
    I doubt there would be an "outcry" that matters over this. Small number of people on tech forums are really meaningless in the grand scheme of Galaxy Phone development.
    areyes163 and jimd1050 like this.
    04-17-2017 02:52 PM
  12. Almeuit's Avatar
    Another reason I'm waiting for Note 8. After the outcry they'll probably change it back by the time Note 8 comes out.
    I wouldn't hold my breath.
    04-17-2017 02:56 PM
  13. dejanh's Avatar
    I actually think that this is a smart decision. It gives Bixby a fighting chance and affords choice to the consumer. If you do not like Bixby go with a non-Samsung device or map the assistant somewhere else. It does feel Apple-esque but this approach has been shown to work well. Galaxy brand is much like Apple. Those that buy it don't perceive it as buying Android. They perceive it as buying Galaxy.
    jimd1050 and hou33guy like this.
    04-17-2017 03:03 PM
  14. Almeuit's Avatar
    I actually think that this is a smart decision. It gives Bixby a fighting chance and affords choice to the consumer. If you do not like Bixby go with a non-Samsung device or map the assistant somewhere else. It does feel Apple-esque but this approach has been shown to work well. Galaxy brand is much like Apple. Those that buy it don't perceive it as buying Android. They perceive it as buying Galaxy.
    The assistant is already mapped to holding the home button down.
    jimd1050 likes this.
    04-17-2017 03:05 PM
  15. sweetypie31's Avatar
    What's the difference between Bixby and assistant? It's just another thing I probably won't use. It would be nice to be able to remap it but it's not a big deal to me.
    04-17-2017 03:08 PM
  16. Ry's Avatar
    Personally if it were locked to Bixby, I don't know how long it would last. There are a lot of talented coders out there.
    ...I'm only speaking of non-root BTW.
    04-17-2017 03:37 PM
  17. xsikal's Avatar
    As someone who doesn't want to root his phone, but would prefer to be able to map the button to something I'm actually going to use, this sucks.
    04-17-2017 04:35 PM
  18. trucksmoveamerica#AC's Avatar
    Should have waited to announce someone found a way to remap the Bixby button. Proof someone from Samsung is reading the forums, LOL.
    04-17-2017 04:44 PM
  19. TabGuy's Avatar
    Another reason I'm waiting for Note 8. After the outcry they'll probably change it back by the time Note 8 comes out.
    You mean like the outcry when the Note 7 had a curved screen? How did that outcry work?
    jimd1050 and johnriii like this.
    04-17-2017 04:46 PM
  20. tcdude's Avatar
    I actually think that this is a smart decision. It gives Bixby a fighting chance and affords choice to the consumer. If you do not like Bixby go with a non-Samsung device or map the assistant somewhere else. It does feel Apple-esque but this approach has been shown to work well. Galaxy brand is much like Apple. Those that buy it don't perceive it as buying Android. They perceive it as buying Galaxy.
    Interesting quote about not buying android but buying Samsung Galaxy I'm sure this is what Samsung is intending to do
    jimd1050 likes this.
    04-17-2017 04:52 PM
  21. Rumline's Avatar
    I'm sure there's some way to physically disable the button. Might affect phone trade-in value however.
    04-17-2017 05:52 PM
  22. Retinella's Avatar
    Getting info from XDA that a software update has closed that loophole.
    Stand by for confirmation.

    Mav.
    The worst thing that could be on a phone is a physical hardware button associated with a single piece of software. Ugh. That sucks.
    xsikal, verks, DMP89145 and 2 others like this.
    04-17-2017 06:57 PM
  23. donm527's Avatar
    When was the last time a phone manufacturer did that? Seems like a first. Maybe someone did a dedicated camera button? Even Steve Jobs wouldn't mess up an iPhone with a dedicated SIRI button.

    The worst thing that could be on a phone is a physical hardware button associated with a single piece of software. Ugh. That sucks.
    04-17-2017 07:04 PM
  24. donm527's Avatar
    It does feel Apple-esque
    Apple asks you if you want to turn on SIRI or not during the inital power on/set up and you can turn it off and forget it.
    codeda likes this.
    04-17-2017 07:06 PM
  25. T48's Avatar
    When was the last time a phone manufacturer did that? Seems like a first. Maybe someone did a dedicated camera button? Even Steve Jobs wouldn't mess up an iPhone with a dedicated SIRI button.
    But am sure Google requires their assistant to be accessed a certain way. Which takes away the logical spot for Samsungs Bixby. Apple does not have to deal with any other co's requirements as to how they want their software to operate. Big difference.
    04-17-2017 07:26 PM
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