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Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Galaxy S8 Bixby button remapping blocked by Samsung

Galaxy S8 Bixby button remapping blocked by Samsung

While in the USA, the Galaxy S8 is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor, those in India will get a Samsung Exynos 8895 processor, built using the latest 10nm processor.

But, while the demand and anticipation for the device were high, the device is starting to have troubles. However, this apparently isn't working in all cases, so Samsung is allowing an exchange to happen at service centers. However, some Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ owners weren't able to adjust the colors on their screens, as they came already optimized.

ZDNet reports that images are appearing on local tech community sites Ppomppu and Ruliweb, as well as social media giant Instagram, showing the smartphone displays with an excessive red tint.

"The reddish tint may be caused by a color balance problem after Samsung used deep red AMOLED to strengthen the red", said an industry watcher who declined to be identified. With just a day left for the launch of these phones, Flipkart has put up a teaser for these phones confirming that the Galaxy S8 duo will be available on the site. Samsung wants to ensure that power users do not reconfigure the Bixby button to activate Google Assistant, so that it could lock them up within the Bixby ecosystem. Samsung will also be launching the Galaxy Note 8 later this year, which could potentially lure many customers away from the iPhone 7s Plus or the rumored iPhone 8 10 anniversary edition.

A Samsung USA representative even confirmed on Twitter that the company isn't officially going to support remapping the button.

Amid growing criticism, Samsung executive Philip Berne messaged in a recent tweet: "I can't say for sure why this behaviour changed, but I can say that we are not supporting remapping that button".

Although not set to hit retailers' shelves until April 28, those who pre-order the phone before April 19 will get the phone as early as the 20th.

Preorders for Samsung Electronics Co.'s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, have surpassed 1 million units, the company said Tuesday, setting a new record among all of its smartphones.

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