Samsung DeX will soon turn your Galaxy S8 and Note 8 smartphones into a full desktop running Linux
Last month, Samsung had announced that it was working on an app that will allow owners of the Galaxy S8/ S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 handsets to run a full-fledged Linux operating system via the Samsung DeX platform.
For those unaware, DeX is a docking station for the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 smartphones that allows you to plug the device to an external display, power, Ethernet, and USB devices, which in turn offer users an Android-based desktop-like experience.
Until now, Galaxy S8/S8+ and Note 8 users have been able to run Android apps in this desktop environment using DeX, but now the users will be able to convert their device into a GNU/Linux PC.
At its recent Developer Conference in San Francisco, Samsung said that it is working on an app known as ‘Linux on Galaxy’ that will allow users – in all likelihood developers – to load a Linux environment compatible with the DeX platform.
“Linux on Galaxy gives smartphones the capability to run multiple operating systems, enabling developers to work with their preferred Linux-based distributions on their mobile devices,” Samsung said.
“Whenever they need to use a function that is not available on the smartphone OS, users can simply switch to the app and run any program they need to in a Linux OS environment, utilizing the same Linux kernel that powers the Android OS.
“Now developers can code using their mobile on-the-go and seamlessly continue the task on a larger display with Samsung DeX,” Samsung added.
The company has released a video titled “[Concept Demo] Linux on Galaxy x Samsung DeX,” that shows a device being put on DeX using the app named “Linux on Galaxy” to launch a Linux distro.
Check out the full video below:
In addition, Samsung also announced more games for the DeX platform, including Vainglory, Eric Froemling’s BombSquad, Survival Arena, Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition, and Lineage 2 Revolution.
As this functionality is on a trial basis, those interested in getting more information about the tool can sign for Samsung’s email notification service.