The major feature of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus was it’s new AI Assistant Bixby. Samsung took it so seriously that they added a separate hardware key to launch the Bixby Assistant. But earlier this month, a workaround was found to remap the dedicated hardware button to any third party app. Now, Samsung has removed the functionality.
Earlier, an app called Button Mapper had the capability to remap the hardware button and redirect it to launch a different app. The developer has now claimed that Samsung have prevented the Accessibility Service from intercepting the event and hence remove the ability to remap.
The latest update from Samsung(build version NRD90M.G950WVLU1AQD9) is responsible for this change and the system now forces the Bixby application to launch on pressing the hardware key.
Philip Berne, head of review programs at Samsung U.S.A, informed on Twitter that the change was intentional.
— Philip Berne (@philipberne) April 17, 2017
This clearly means that Samsung is forcing us to use Bixby. Bixby is extremely similar to the Google Assistant and it remains debatable whether there must be two AI Assistants on the Galaxy S8 and the S8 Plus. It is only fair to allow the users to choose which Assistant to choose from and not compel users into Bixby.
Many people have been very disappointed about the change. Do you think Samsung has done the right thing? Let us know in the comments below.