Earlier this year Samsung launched their Samsung DeX hardware designed to make it easier for a Galaxy smartphone to double as a desktop. To encourage more users – and more buyers – for this piece of hardware, Samsung is working to expand the ecosystem surrounding DeX. An important piece of that effort was announced this week when Samsung revealed it was working on a solution called Linux on Galaxy to bring the Linux operating system to their mobile Galaxy platforms and the larger format provided by DeX.
The Linux on Galaxy solution exists as an app that runs on Galaxy smartphones like the Galaxy S8 or the Galaxy Note 8. Samsung says the app is capable of running a Linux OS environment on smartphone giving developers access to additional features and functions that may not normally be available on a mobile operating system like Android.
Possibly more important than being able to run Linux on a mobile device is the fact that the Linux on Galaxy app is DeX enabled. This means developers can setup a “fully functional development environment with all the advantages of a desktop setting.” Linux on Galaxy is “still a work in progress” but Samsung is giving developers the option to sign up for early notification of availability.
Along with development of the Linux on Galaxy app, Samsung also announced some partnerships with some major gaming developers to make their titles DeX enabled for users who want to enjoy a desktop gaming environment. That means users will not only enjoy the ability to view their games on a big screen, but they can also make use of keyboards and mice.