Samsung removes ability to remap Galaxy S8 Bixby button

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While the user can choose to disassemble either the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus to do repairs, we do not recommend it.

Biometric security, or indeed security in general, is one of the new features of the Galaxy S8 that we think will have other phone makers scrambling to catch up.

The midnight black Galaxy S8 I tested was slippery to hold, similar to Apple's glossy black iPhone 7. The right hole is the one with the outline of the tray around it - the other has no outline.

Overall, I was impressed with the battery life. I even once forgot to plug it in overnight and still managed to get a morning's use out of it. It also supports USB Type-C which is very useful for fast charging. While that wasn't my general experience in using it like a normal person, it may be a hint to frequent gamers and video streamers to keep a cord handy.

Samsung is introducing a digital assistant called Bixby, but voice features meant to rival Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri aren't ready yet.

However, the company is only launching Bixby's features in stages so you can't talk to it yet. The idea behind Bixby is that it will be a much more capable, integrated assistant than Siri or Google Assistant, capable of carrying out tasks like sending photos within an app as well as integrating reminders and so on. Talk about the air going out of the balloon. Samsung has a centralized hub for its assistant - accessible though a dedicated button.

You can also access Bixby from the camera so you can use it to identify items in your images.

"Accessibility Services on the Galaxy device made the remapping easy so a ready app like the ' All in one Gestures" made it possible.

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It had no trouble most of the time, even when the lighting was bad but there will always be an instance or two when it fails to recognise your face (especially when you are trying to show off the feature to a friend). For example, I scanned a particular pair of wireless headphones, expecting to see results for that product, and instead got very general listings for headphones - even some with wires.

However, according to a report from Kantar World Panel, Samsung's most popular device in the United States of America remains the Galaxy S5, surprisingly. That said, the features generally work as promised and provide a glimpse into how an augmented reality future could be useful, if they are further refined.

The folks over at iFixit make it their business to take the shiniest new phones and gadgets and do exactly what you hope you won't have to do with them: take them apart and poke around to see just how hard it is to put them back together.

Samsung has included a feature to force such apps to go full screen and the company has a warning that it's a hit or miss affair, which it is.

These are the features that will make you feel like a tech wizard, the ones that will transform you from smartphone user to handset master.

What are your thoughts on the Galaxy S5's popularity? In the real world?

There are more than a dozen pre-installed Edge Panels to choose from, ranging from weather and live sports scores panels to those that offer instant calendar checks and even access to the phone's compass and torch.


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