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# 261551 3-Dec-2019 10:21
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I'm starting a thread for people like me who are new to the Samsung Galaxy ecosystem. And indeed to Android. I am shifting to Android from the iPhone ecosystem, and there is a learning curve of course. Hopefully this thread can help me and others. And hopefully the more experienced will be kind and help us out.

 

 

 

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  # 2365488 3-Dec-2019 10:33
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Here's an answer regarding your question on the other thread regarding Bixby: Don't, just don't!

One thing I'd suggest doing, if you haven't already, is read through one or more of the comprehensive reviews of your phone. That will give a good overview of what it's capable of, even if not how to do it.

I think you've picked a good time to move to Samsung - they're a much better product now than they were a few years back, with their take on Android being decently fast and easy to use. The old TouchWiz interface, IMHO, was a dog, whereas OneUI is generally a pleasure to use.



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  # 2365517 3-Dec-2019 10:52
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My first question. Whats Bixby? It seems to be trying to be some kind of assistant.

 

At this stage, I don't care about assistants. Google or Bixby. AFAIK, and in my experience, voice recognition is just not there yet.

 

It makes too many mistakes, and it's just faster to type.

 

It's probably my very mixed accent that confuses it, and since I don't have time or patience to train every voice recognition agent out there, it's more trouble that it's worth. Note that I've never successfully used Siri or Cortana either.

 

My understanding is that I can remap the Bixby button. But when I try to do so, it comes up with an incredibly confusing set of options to set it to. None of which do what I want. Specifically, I want to turn the phone silence on and off with a double click. Being able to slience my iPhone with a physical switch is the most useful thing. Rather than have to unlock, find the settings and change to silence.

 

So, anyone have a compelling reason to use Bixby? 

 

Can I change the Bixby screen? It has nothing on it I care about. Can I disable Bixby?

 

Thanks


 
 
 
 


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  # 2365521 3-Dec-2019 10:58
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To remap the Bixby button to something else I use an app (from the Play Store) called bxActions. While I use it to launch Google Assistant, it can map a range of functions to the button including volume-related ones, though it's possible you may need to pay for some of the options.

I'm sure there are other similar apps out there.

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  # 2365536 3-Dec-2019 11:36
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There's some remapping of the bixby button you can do in the settings now too I think, though haven't checked to see whether it will toggle mute


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