Samsung launched the DeX platform along with the Galaxy S8 and S8+. It allows users to connect their Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S9, and Galaxy S9+ to a monitor and use Android apps in a PC-like environment. The idea behind DeX is to transform the smartphone into a mobile computing device when connected to an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
Developers can now code on the go
With the new Dex Pad launched along with the Galaxy S9 and S9+, Samsung changed the form factor from a docking station to a pad. Instead of docking the phone, the new Dex Pad requires users to place it flat like on a wireless charging pad. It also allows for the smartphone screen to be used as a touchpad and keyboard when in the desktop environment.
Along with the form factor changes and other improvements, Samsung is also trying to expand the DeX ecosystem with the Linux on Galaxy initiative. Installed as an app, Linux on Galaxy allows users to run desktop Linux software on their Galaxy flagship smartphones and in the DeX environment.
Samsung says Linux on Galaxy can run multiple operating systems, probably referring to the different Linux distros. The company believes Linux on Galaxy will enable developers to code on-the-go on their phones and effortlessly switch the task to a larger display with Dex.
Samsung says Linux on Galaxy is still a work in progress, and those interested in the idea can sign-up here.