The launch of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 + was only a confirmation of all the rumors and the leaks that circulated on the Internet. So while everyone was ready for the "Bixby Button", the confirmation seemed equally negative. A dedicated hardware button for an AI assistant that people might not even use much? It seems strange, and it still does, which is why many attempts have been made to remap the Bixby Button into something more … sensible and useful. We had just that, before Samsung went ahead and broke the functionality of that app by ensuring that key events for the Bixby button were swallowed up by the operating system before it could be intercepted by any app. However, we now have many more solutions and, although it is easily possible to remap Bixby into Google Now, you can now remap the Bixby Button into almost anything you want. So, if you're interested, here is how you can remap the Bixby Button in any application:
Bixby Remapping History
Before we get to the latest method to remap the Bixby button, let's discuss a bit about the history of the Bixby Button remapping, and the attempts (and how weak they turned out) that Samsung has done to prevent this "misuse" of a otherwise completely useless hardware button.
The first method the developers came out with involved the interception of key events that occurred by pressing the Bixby button and used them to open another app (selected by the user). However, Samsung soon sent an update to both phones that broke this app. Samsung has assured that in the new update i key Bixby Button events will not even reach the Accessibility Services, thus preventing apps from using these key events to launch custom applications.
While this undoubtedly seemed like a "win" for Samsung, it was nothing more than a mistake, because the developers quickly understood other ways to remap the Bixby Button. Samsung could easily have avoided negative PR if it allowed users to remap the Bixby button. Of course, the new method to remap the Bixby Button not as elegant as the previous one, but it works. BixBye (free) an application that lets you remap the Bixby button on your Galaxy S8 and S8 + in any application you want. So, let's discuss how you can use BixBye to remap the Bixby Button on your device.
Using BixBye to remap the Bixby Button on S8 and S8 +
You can easily use the BixBye app to remap the Bixby Button in a variety of different functions and applications.
Note : the BixBye app still in its early stages, and neither the developer, nor can I guarantee that it will work perfectly on your device. That said, I tried it on the Galaxy S8, and it worked perfectly well. Use at your own discretion and only if you understand the risks associated with the Alpha software.
- Install BixBye (free) from the Play Store and start it. You will need to grant access to " Services "in" accessibility ".
- After doing so, you can simply tap the text that says " Voice Assistant "by default e change it to one of the available options . So you can simply turn the switch on the top right to on, and you can start playing with the Bixby Button.
I've tried all the options available and, while most of them work fine, the Voice Assistant doesn't seem to be able to get Google Assistant on the screen, even if it launches Assistant in the background, which is strange. Also, if you set the Bixby button to " Camera "pressing it while the phone is locked, you start the camera, but you need to unlock the phone to access it. However, since the app is still in the early stages of development, we can expect to see more functionality updates and performance improvements in the time.
Use BixBye to remap the Bixby button on any app
While there are many apps available in the Play Store that allow you to remap the Bixby Button into another app or service, but BixBye is the only one that offers not only Google Assistant, but a plethora of services that you can enable with the button Bixby. Moreover, it also offers the possibility of starting any app installed on your Galaxy S8 or S8 +, so that you can assign the Bixby Button to an app you use very often and launch it quickly with the push of a button.
So, do you find the Bixby button useful on your S8 / S8 + or have you already remapped it to another function? Share your thoughts on Bixby, the Bixby button and Samsung's attempts to prevent the Bixby button from being changed in the comment section below.