Sometimes you don’t know how much you like something, until it is taken away.
The new Samsung Galaxy S8 came with a feature which early users just loved. A convenience key! Ok, it wasn’t actually a convenience key, it’s the Bixby button. This Bixby button is intended to conveniently call up Samsung’s new virtual assistant, Bixby. But many of these early users would rather use that button for something else, and found an easy way to do so.
By simply installing an app called All in one Gestures, users were able to change what the Bixby button was actually used for . This worked by utilizing an accessibility service to remap the button press to open another app of the user’s choice. It worked well. At first.
Samsung has now modified their system to block this remapping of the Bixby button. It seems that Samsung just really wants users using Bixby, even at the cost of convenience. Meanwhile, users are still hoping to find a way to bring this useful ability back, without having to root the phone.
For those users who learned just how convenient a convenience key can be, and have now inconveniently lost the ability, there are other option. Namely, BlackBerry Android phones. The BlackBery DTEK50, DTEK60, and upcoming KEYone, all come with a convenience key, which are waiting for users to set to do what they want it to do. And of course, it is done easily, without the need of any third party app.