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The Bixby button can be remapped to just about anything with Tasker

The Bixby button has been controversial since it was first introduced, especially since Samsung has been hesitant to let anyone change its function. It would be far more useful as a quick way to activate Google Assistant, but instead, it can only open the worst voice assistant. João Dias, developer of Tasker and other great apps, has created a solution.

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Bixby button remapping is rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S9

Samsung really, really wants you to use Bixby. That's why it has included a physical button to access its woefully underpowered assistant on most phones since the Galaxy S8. Samsung has traditionally tried to prevent remapping that button, but the Galaxy S10 changed that. The official Bixby remapping feature from that phone is now spreading to Samsung's other devices.

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[Update: Coming to older phones] Rejoice: The Galaxy S10's Bixby button can be remapped out of the box

Anyone who's familiar with Samsung phones will know of the company's long-standing fight against third-party developers and their Bixby button-remapping apps. These remapping apps first surfaced shortly after the Galaxy S8 launched, with Samsung quickly taking action to disable them. This back-and-forth continued over the coming months, but it looks like Samsung has finally obliged its Bixby haters by offering a remapping option out of the box with the brand-new Galaxy S10.

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Bixby now recognizes British English, German, Italian, and Spanish

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Samsung announces the Galaxy A7 with three rear cameras, coming first to Europe and Asia

Samsung just announced the new Galaxy A7, which is coming to Europe and Asia first and other markets at some point down the line. It sports a triple rear camera setup, a Super AMOLED display, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, as well as other "must have features." And it sure is pretty in blue.

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Samsung reveals Galaxy Home, a Bixby-powered smart speaker, availability TBD

Samsung's Note9-revealing Unpacked event just wrapped up, and the company had a few surprises outside the expected big-screen phone. Among them was the Bixby Home, Samsung's first entry into the smart speaker market. Built around Samsung's in-house personal assistant, It's packed with six individual drivers for omnidirectional sound, plus a subwoofer. This time it isn't an April Fools' Day joke, either.

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Samsung could debut a Bixby smart speaker in the coming weeks

Samsung is reportedly inching closer to unveiling a competitor to Google Home and Amazon Echo — starring nobody's favorite voice assistant. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that the company is preparing to reveal its own Bixby-powered smart speaker sometime in the next several weeks.

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'Galaxy Watch' name confirmed for upcoming Samsung watch, will reportedly come with Bixby

We've been hearing quite a bit about Samsung's Gear S3 replacement, which has yet to be announced. Most recently, we'd heard that the watch, dubbed 'Galaxy Watch,' would come with Wear OS and a blood pressure monitor. That 'Galaxy Watch' moniker has now been confirmed by an official Samsung filing, and SamMobile is reporting that Bixby will be on board.

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Samsung wants to have Bixby in all of its smart home products by 2020

Bixby is one of the less popular voice assistants on the market today, with most of its mentions in the news concerning Samsung not allowing Galaxy owners to disable it. In spite of that, the company is on a mission to put it in more and more of its products. Samsung has announced that it'll be putting Bixby in all of its IoT (Internet of Things) products by 2020.

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Samsung will cram bloatware apps from Verizon's Oath into its phones

You know what my $800 smartphone is missing? Sponsored content and ads that are accessible with a hardware button. No one has ever actually said that and meant it, but that's what Samsung owners could be getting very soon. Verizon's Oath, which includes Yahoo and AOL properties, has announced a deal with Samsung to integrate its content and "native ads" into Bixby Home and pre-load more bloatware apps. As if you didn't already have enough reason to disable Bixby.

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