In Samsung Unpacked, Samsung announced its new series Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Fold. After the press discovered a new option in Bixby, Samsung confirmed that the button would be natively resupply. With an update released to the Bixby application on older UI devices today, this is finally possible. However, there were not all good news. Samsung limits the applications you can launch with the button. This means that the Bixby button can not start Google Assistant native, but we have a solution.
Samsung includes a blacklist of other assistant applications to use the button. This includes Amazon Alexa and Microsoft Cortana along with Google Assistant. We can avoid this by using a Tasker script and exporting it as APK. This means that all you have to do is install the application, select it in the options and choose Google when you press the button.
This application also supports more than Google Assistant. We could also launch the Cortana application, but it does not work with Amazon Alexa. In theory, any application that supports answering voice commands can be remanged to the button with this method. Any phone that supports remixing the Bixby button, including Galaxy S10 / S10 + / S10e, Galaxy S9 / S9 +, and Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Note 8 will support the use of Assistant.
How to install Bixby Button Assistant Remapper:
- Download the APK Remapper from the Bixby button wizard
- Install the application
- Open Bixby voice settings
- Select Key bixby
- Choose Double-click to open Bixby
- Select Use the only press
- Activate it and touch the gear icon to choose an application
- Search Bixby Button Assistant Remapper and select it
- Click the physical Bixby button and select the wizard application you want to use (click always so that you do not ask each time)
- That's it!
It's good that Samsung finally let the users return the button to something else. While you can not completely disable Bixby, you can relegate it to a double click and put your favorite application at the forefront. Hopefully Samsung will do nothing in the future to break that solution.
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