While the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 might the Korean giant’s best phone at the moment, it can be easily argued that the dedicated Bixby button is not in the best place. Being right below the volume rocker and almost exactly opposite the power button, it’s a button that sees a lot of accidental presses.
In previous Galaxy devices, there was the option to deactivate the button completely. While the return of this feature would been much welcomed by some users out there, it’s better than being stuck with launching Bixby with a single – and often accidental – press.
To work around this, the Note 9’s most recent update makes it so that Bixby is launched after a double-press rather than a single press. While we would have preferred the option to remap the button to something else or turn it off completely, we can understand why Samsung insists that we use it.
Bixby is still very young after all, barely two years of age and as with all the other AI-driven personal assistants, frequent use helps them learn and improve. That said, it can be hard to justify using Bixby when there already are other options that are more mature, and as a result more useful.