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Samsung gives Note 9 users an option to reduce accidental Bixby activations

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Samsung’s latest Note 9 update lets you active Bixby with a double tap of its dedicated button, reports Android Authority. Previously, you could only activate the divisive voice assistant with a single tap, which could lead to it being accidentally activated, especially when Samsung offers no option to disable it entirely.

Since its arrival, the Bixby button has become a controversial inclusion on Samsung’s handsets, mainly because it pales in comparison to Google Assistant, Alexa, and, yes, even Siri. Although you could initially remap the button on the S8 to open the camera or another app of your choice, Samsung has since done its best to block the process; on the Note 9, you can’t disable the assistant at all.

In an ideal world, you’d be able to deactivate the Bixby button entirely (or simply remap it to something a lot more useful), but for now, a double tap seems like the next best thing. With any luck, the functionality will turn the button into a rarely used appendage rather than an unwanted annoyance.