The dedicated Bixby key has been a constant on Samsung’s flagship smartphones since the Galaxy S8 and it won’t be going away any time soon. There have been settings and options that could be used to disable Bixby on these devices but one of those options was removed from the Galaxy Note 9. This made it impossible to fully disable Bixby on the device so that accidental presses didn’t bring up the assistant. Samsung has now provided an unconventional fix which tries to find a middle ground.
Samsung is rolling out an update for Bixby on the Galaxy Note 9 today. The Bixby key has always required a single press to bring up the assistant. With this update, the assistant won’t come up until the key is pressed twice in succession. This won’t change the long-press behavior which will bring up Bixby Voice as before.
This solution tries to find a middle ground for those who want the key to do nothing and those who want to use it for Bixby. This would eliminate the problem of accidental presses as most users would press the key by accident only once but it does add an additional key press for those who really want to use Bixby.
The open to enable two key presses for Bixby on the Galaxy Note 9 will be located in the app’s settings menu once it’s updated to the latest version.