Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Bixby or bust: Samsung stops you changing the dedicated Galaxy S8 button


Samsung confirmed that voice control would not be ready in time for the Galaxy S8 launch in a statement to The Verge.

Considering that the fingerprint sensor is absent in the leaked Galaxy S8+ image, it appears that Samsung was really looking into the idea of embedding the smartphone's biometric sensor directly into its display.

Right now more than 600,000 pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 Plus have been noted and the number is expected to rise in the coming days.

It was only earlier this month that users found a way to remap the dedicated Bixby hardware button on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus to anything they wanted.

Those who have pre-ordered the Samsung Galaxy S8 ready for its global launch on April 21st will be able to take advantage of Bixby's augmented reality camera feature - dubbed Bixby Vision.

Recent reports indicated that Samsung is already working on the Galaxy Note 8.

The home button has been shifted beneath the "infinity display".

Those prototypes featured a different design with a dual rear camera setup, as was rumored at one point for the Galaxy S8.

Samsung S8 and S8 plus devices has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa core (2.35 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHZ Quad) processor.

While Samsung seemingly never intended for the Bixby button to be customizable in the first place, third-party developers were able to change what the button did, such as booting up the camera or launching Google Assistant instead. On the front, the devices include an 8-megapixel shooter with f/1.7 aperture and autofocus.One major difference between the Galaxy S8 and S8+ you should know is the battery size. Both the phones come with 4GB RAM and run Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung's improved TouchWiz UI.

Not having Bixby ready for launch is one thing, but now to force people to keep a dedicated hardware button mapped to a service that won't do much of anything?

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