Smartphones have always been the bridge to our laptops and PC's in regards to productivity. Since the explosion of smart devices, we can now complete a wide range of tasks while on the go with the same level of performance and efficiency that one would expect from a desktop computer. Is it possible that perhaps one day our cell phones will make desktops and laptops obsolete?
Digital tablets were supposed to accomplish this feat, but it appears that while there is a wide range of choices from several manufacturers, the strength of these devices lies in their mobility which still depends on the industry and sector utilizing them. This leaves the door open for smartphones, devices that already serve a variety of functions like telephone, web browser, and camera, to add desktop PC to its resume. Workstations are stationary, laptops and tablets while mobile are still fairly large, but our phones go with us everywhere we go. Samsung is working on bringing a desktop-like experience to your smartphone with DeX.
In a press release on their website, Samsung stated "We brought this desktop-like experience to our users, realizing that they want the convenience of their mobile device but also sometimes need the tried-and-true desktop computing environment, especially when it comes to interacting with productivity tools and entertainment contents that are best viewed on a larger monitor. With Samsung DeX, we believe that we can close that very chasm."
Samsung introduced DeX earlier this year to push the possibilities of today's smartphone by enabling users to employ a desktop-like environment, while also being able to utilize the mobile experience of their product line; specifically the Note 8, Galaxy S8 and S8+.
DeX lets you run Linux distributions on your phone and targets developers that want their work environment to travel with them. This would allow one to dock at a remote office, knowing they're setup would be the same as usual. It's not exactly the same as a typical Ubuntu or Debian install. Linux on Galaxy launches via an app, using the same kernel as Android to maintain performance.
Although DeX is currently still in development, the support ecosystem has expanded due to the overall positive reception from the app development community. Samsung believes the growth of this ecosystem will be the key to the success of DeX.
Samsung's plans for DeX isn't just limited to providing its users with a desktop experience. The company also believes it can take gaming to a whole new level by redefining modern-day entertainment and partnering with major game developers. Games on DeX could give players the option to play their favorite mobile games in an immersive desktop setting.
Linux on Galaxy has not been officially released, but you can sign up for alerts and updates on when it will be available to the public. It's evident that Samsung believes in DeX and the possibilities of desktop-like computing via smartphones. Will Samsung be responsible for the final demise of the traditional PC? Let us know what you think.