Tag Archive: Button


Instagram’s Android app gets ‘add a comment’ button in main feed

Now you can tell your aunt how cute her cat is even faster.

Instagram’s added a heap of new features to its app throughout the year (both big and small), and the latest addition to it aims to make commenting on photos/videos easier than ever.

As part of a server-side update that’s rolling out to the Instagram app now, Android users will start to see a new “add a comment” button below posts that enables you to  [Read More…]

How to switch the navigation button placement on the Galaxy Note 8

If you don’t like the order of your navigation bar, just change it!

The Galaxy Note 8, like the Galaxy S8 before it, uses virtual navigation buttons — a big change, after years of capacitive buttons on Samsung devices. But the default orientation places the back button to the right of the home button. If you’re not a fan of the default settings, there is a way to change it, and a few things you can do  [Read More…]

The ‘Check for update’ button on Google phones now pulls updates immediately

When updates would roll out for Google devices, a certain percentage of people get the update and then the rollout stops until the next stage. Check for updates as many times as you want, but it won’t help you get the update faster.

Now things are a bit different, and for the better. Googler Elliot Hughes says that the new system allows the “Check for update” button to pull the latest software version, even if a specific stage of the  [Read More…]

In Oreo, the button to check for Android updates now actually checks for updates

File this one under things finally working as described.

If you’ve ever mashed that “Check for update” button in your phone settings because you were waiting and ready for an update, you know disappointment. You might be disappointed less in the future, as the button now actually checks for an update when asks rather than check to see if you were slotted in to be updated that day.

Long-time Android developer and new master of update buttons Elliot Hughes  [Read More…]

Samsung finally lets you disable the Bixby button on the Galaxy S8

Samsung took a huge gamble on the Galaxy S8 when it went all in on its virtual assistant and included a dedicated button to launch Bixby. Unfortunately for consumers, Bixby wasn’t ready. That, unfortunately, left the Bixby button as merely a quick launch for Bixby Home, which housed some basic information from your calendar and […]

How to completely disable the Bixby button

How do I disable the Bixby button on the S8 and Note 8?

Samsung has pushed out an update to Bixby for the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 that allows users to completely disable the functionality completely. This means that once the button is pressed (the button itself ain’t going away), it doesn’t do anything. This is a long time coming for many phone owners not exactly enamored with Samsung’s decision to include such a button, but  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2018) appears in case render with Always On Display and home button

Samsung will announce its Galaxy Note 8 on August 23rd, but its new high-end smartphone isn’t the only one in the works. The Korean giant manufactures a number of smartphones, of which the Galaxy A series is one of the most beloved. Just earlier this year, Samsung announced its Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017), and […]

The case for killing off the Bixby button

Even when Bixby Voice eventually arrives, there’s no reason to keep the annoying, user-hostile hardware button.

This week there was at least some good news around Bixby, Samsung’s maligned AI thing from the Galaxy S8. Two months after launch, Samsung announced that Bixby Voice would finally be arriving… in the form of a beta program, in one country, the United States.

On one hand, the glacial pace of Bixby’s development is understandable. It’s far more complex in  [Read More…]

Someone is trying to make a Galaxy S8 case that covers the Bixby button

Sick of accidental Bixby launches? This might be a case you want.

Calling Samsung’s Bixby service not fully baked is perhaps the most gracious way to put the thing that was supposed to totally change how we interact with the world around us. Bixby Vision barely works, Bixby Voice still doesn’t exist yet, and the core Bixby recommendation engine really only sees the light of day when I accidentally press the dedicated Bixby button on the side of my  [Read More…]

The Play Store finally joins the rest of its family with a Play button app icon

App icons don’t change all that often.

It’s understandable. After all, most folks don’t look for the title under an app icon, they just look for the shape or color and tap it. So when app icons change, there’s usually a good reason for it. Google is changing one of the most important app icons on your phones, the Google Play Store, and the reason was spelled out a long time ago. It just begs the question: what the  [Read More…]