Samsung Finally Grants Galaxy S8 Users Ability To Disable Bixby Button

It appears that Samsung is finally caving to the wishes of its customers and giving Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners to ability to disable the button that summons Bixby, the company's own digital assistant. Now all Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners are seeing seeing the new toggle, however, so it is not clear if Samsung staggering the roll out or if perhaps (less likely) this is an experimental feature that unintentionally went out.

Either way, some users are seeing a toggle to disable Bixby after downloading the latest update. The toggle lets users decide whether or not Bixby should be launched when pressing the dedicated the button. Alternately, users can find the same option from within the Bixby settings menu.

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Bixby is Samsung's answer to other AI assistants such as Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and Google Now. The initial roll out was half-baked as it lacked voice control, but that has since been added. Even still, not all Galaxy device owners prefer to use Bixby over Google Now.

For those who did not want to use Bixby, third-party app developers answered the call with programs that allowed the dedicated button to be mapped. In response, Samsung tried to break such functionality with a software update, which set in motion a sort of cat-and-mouse game between app makers and Samsung.

Other users complained that the dedicated button was getting in the way of daily operation, and that accidental button presses were common. This would be the reason why Samsung is now allowing some users to disable the feature.