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Galaxy Note 9 Bixby update has an alternative to disabling it

Galaxy Note 9 Bixby update has an alternative to disabling it

Samsung’s latest flagships are nearly perfect but they all have one consistent flaw. No, it’s not Bixby per se but the obtrusive Bixby button at the side. Samsung dared to make it impossible to disable that button on the Galaxy Note 9 but, after major backlash, it said it would reconsider. Reconsider it did but not in the way users hoped. The latest update to Bixby doesn’t bring back that option but, instead, offers a way to make it harder to accidentally trigger Bixby in the first place.

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Galaxy Note 9 Bixby button disabled with melted gold (plus 2 more options)

Galaxy Note 9 Bixby button disabled with melted gold (plus 2 more options)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is currently the only device with a button that cannot (by default) be turned away from Bixby. Bixby is Samsung's smart assistant, and it's meant to be a helpful feature on the Galaxy Note 9 - but not all users want it. Much in the spirit of the DIY community at large, a couple of real nice options appeared in the last week for Note 9 owners wishing to disable Bixby completely.

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Samsung Bixby will be opening its doors to third-parties soon

Samsung Bixby will be opening its doors to third-parties soon

Bixby is criticized for many things, particularly on how Samsung is shoving it down users’ throats via its dedicated button. One thing it probably can’t be criticized for is its potential. But potential naturally doesn’t mean actual reality and Bixby still leaves much to be desired in practice. In trying to step up its game and prove that it has a lot more (than Siri or Cortana) has to offer, Samsung will soon be providing third-party developers with the tools to build apps around Bixby and have Bixby integrate with them as well.

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Galaxy Note 9 Bixby button can be remapped again with bxActions

Galaxy Note 9 Bixby button can be remapped again with bxActions

You have to hand it to the Android community for finding ways around unreasonable restrictions imposed by manufacturers. Even better when they don’t require rooting the device first. One prime example is bxActions, which at least makes Samsung’s accursed Bixby button more relevant. The app has now been updated to support the Galaxy Note 9 to give those who dislike Bixby a bit of a reprieve. At least until Samsung does something again to make it all moot.

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Galaxy Note 9 Bixby 2.0 is going to increase haters

Galaxy Note 9 Bixby 2.0 is going to increase haters

On a technical level, Samsung’s Bixby assistant is actually capable and has a lot of potential. Yes, it demonstrates Samsung’s NIH (Not Invented Here) syndrome, but that has never stopped other companies (like Huawei) from taking the same route. Instead, Samsung is being chastised mostly for shoving Bixby down its users' throats. It has somewhat compromised on that but, starting with Bixby 2.0 on the Galaxy Note 9, it’s taking its stubborn stance once again.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Home will live or die by AI

Samsung’s Galaxy Home will live or die by AI

Samsung's Bixby speaker didn't look like anything we expected, with the Galaxy Home a bulbous alien egg promising to take on Apple's HomePod, Amazon's Echo, and Google's Home. Announced at Unpacked 2018 in Brooklyn this week, alongside the Galaxy Note 9, the unusual smart speaker has already been compared to a sci-fi movie prop, a cauldron, and even cyborg cow udders. The biggest question, of course, is whether Samsung - and Bixby - has what it takes to compete.

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Samsung Unpacked 2018 wrap-up: Everything you need to know

Samsung Unpacked 2018 wrap-up: Everything you need to know

Samsung's big Note 9 announcement took place today, and the 6.4-inch smartphone brought along some surprises too. We knew the latest Galaxy Note would take center stage at the company's latest Unpacked 2018 event, but Samsung wasn't ending things there, with more new hardware and feature upgrades.

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Samsung Galaxy Home Bixby smart speaker HomePod-rival previewed

Samsung Galaxy Home Bixby smart speaker HomePod-rival previewed

While the Galaxy Note 9 is the main focus of today's Samsung Unpacked event, the company still had a few surprises up its sleeve. In addition to revealing a new smartwatch, Samsung also announced a new product called Galaxy Home. This is the oft-discussed Bixby speaker that has been the subject of plenty of rumors since Bixby first arrived on the scene, and it looks like it's finally happening.

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Samsung and Spotify team to push cross-device music

Samsung and Spotify team to push cross-device music

Samsung and Spotify are partnering up, pushing the streaming music service across phones like the new Note 9, smart speakers like Galaxy Home, and other devices like TVs. Announced at Samsung's Unpacked 2018 event in New York City alongside the new Note 9, the deal will see Spotify integrated into Samsung devices out of the box.

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Samsung Bixby 2.0 to debut in Galaxy Note 9, “Magbee” speaker

Samsung Bixby 2.0 to debut in Galaxy Note 9, “Magbee” speaker

AI-powered chatbots are all the rage now and anyone and everyone has one. Of course, not all of them are successful and that’s true even for big companies like Samsung or Microsoft. Samsung’s Bixby assistant, in particular, promised a lot of things and fell flat on its face, becoming almost one of the more reviled assistants to hit smartphones. Now a year and a half later, Samsung reportedly went back to the drawing board and will soon be ready to launch version 2.0 with features that were sorely lacking in version 1.

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Bixby speaker, foldable Galaxy X phone to keep Samsung buzz alive

Bixby speaker, foldable Galaxy X phone to keep Samsung buzz alive

Even if the Galaxy Note 9 launch turns out to be a dud, Samsung may have a backup that will at least keep it in the headlines in the months to come. Whether or not those upcoming products actually save it from slipping is a different question entirely. We may not have to wait too long with reports coming in that the Bixby speaker, perhaps the more controversial of the two, is actually just a few weeks away from its debut.

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Galaxy Tab A2 might have another Bixby feature

Galaxy Tab A2 might have another Bixby feature

It seems that Samsung might be out to prove Google wrong when it comes to Android tablets. More than just preparing the premium Galaxy Tab S4, the manufacturer is also expected to unveil the Galaxy Tab Advanced 2 and the Galaxy Tab A2 10.5, a.k.a. Galaxy Tab A2 XL. But while that last model is clearly the budget option of the three, it could also be the more interesting of them as well. According to some snooping, this entry-level tablet could actually be Samsung’s first tablet to have a dedicated Bixby Button.

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