SAMSUNG Galaxy S8 owners have been blocked from remapping the Bixby button on the left hand-side of the phone with the latest software update.
Samsung has pushed-out a new update for Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ handsets that blocks the ability to remap the dedicated Bixby button on the left hand-side of the handset.
This is not the first time the South Korean company has updated its software to break the ability to swap-out the functionality linked to the button.
After an initial first wave of applications enabled Galaxy S8 owners to change the functionality of the Bixby button, Samsung’s latest update has broken pretty much every method.
The most recent technique involved leveraging Bixby itself as a shortcut to launch another application.
Bixby could be reworked so that it would perform a preset action each time it was opened – like launch Google Now, or another app.
The process wasn’t seamless, but it was preferable for users who felt restricted by the limited functionality currently available via Bixby.
But a new update to the Samsung Galaxy S8, which has started to roll-out to T-Mobile models in the US and is scheduled to roll-out to other carriers soon, has broken this particular workaround as well.
Bixby is supposed to be context aware, meaning that (provided you are within a compatible app) you can refer directly to things that are happening on-screen.
Commands like "make a folder with these photos”, “when was this taken?” or "what is this?” will work with the new assistant – unlike many of its rivals.