The rumors were true in that the LG G7 ThinQ did indeed launch with a physical button that let users launch Google Assistant. It was also proven true that LG would not allow users to remap the button to do something else, something that Samsung had also done with its Bixby button, but it seems that LG’s decision isn’t necessarily set in stone.
According to a report from Android Authority, it appears that LG isn’t completely shutting the door on remapping the Google Assistant button. LG claims that there are no plans to allow users to remap the button right now, but they also say that they might reconsider that stance should LG smartphone enthusiasts show an indication that they want it to happen.
Of course exactly how interested users have to be or what kind of metrics LG is basing this on is subjective and rather vague, but we suppose the upside is that they haven’t shut the door on that possibility just yet. While it’s not necessarily a bad idea to have a dedicated button to launch Google Assistant, we suppose what users are really after is the freedom to make that decision for themselves on what they want the button to do. Either way we won’t know if LG will be changing their minds anytime soon, so we’ll just have to wait and see.