Galaxy Note 9 is available in stores today. It's an excellent flagship device with few errors, but it's bothered by Samsung's virtual assistant Bixby. Most would assume you could turn off Bixby on note 9, just as you could on Notat 8, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 phones – but it turns out you can not.
Unlike Samsung's former Galaxy smartphone, there is no "Bixby Key" setting screen in the Android main settings or the Bixby app. Earlier, you could turn off Bixby completely, including disabling the key itself so that it did not do anything. (Unfortunately, Samsung does not let you turn it into another, more useful feature, even on S9 or other earlier models.) In the meantime, if you do a quick search for "Bixby Key" on Note 9, you'll be over this empty screen.
In our review of note 9, it was clear that Bixby is still not "Not ready for prime time." Bixby's function set and accuracy are not even close to Google Assistant also included in note 9.) It often misuses my voice and has the most robust voice model of popular virtual assistants including Alexa, Cortana, and Siri. Note 9 is provided with an updated version of Bixby that adds a new interface and more third party app integrations compared to Bixby on S9 or Note 8, but it still suffers from many of the same issues as before.
To make matters worse, the troublesome location of the Bixby button below the volume tab means that you mistakenly trigger it by just Pick up the phone. It is possible that Samsung could provide an update that allows Not 9 owners to disable the button in the future, but until then Bixby will continue to be a booklet I am on the side of an otherwise great device.