Samsung recently demonstrated DeX, a product that should be used in conjunction with the company's flagship smartphones to deliver a hybrid desktop experience to consumers to some extent, similar to what Canonical itself intended to do with Ubuntu. Phone
The "Samsung Developer Conference" that took place in San Francisco (USA) usually brings news about the latest technologies developed by the company to be added to the product portfolio. At the event Samsung showed the evolution of the project "Linux on DeX", in turn, DeX a product that allows you to use a smartphone linked to a kind of "dock", changing the usability to something more similar to a traditional desktop. be connected mouse and keyboard, giving greater versatility to the device.
The idea behind the concept is to rotate applications made available by Samsung on a larger screen, such as a television or monitor, with a focus on productivity. It can also be used for entertainment for watching movies, playing some games or simply browsing the internet on a larger screen. .
The DeX update brings support for more robust and desktop-friendly Linux distros to Samsung's environment. The distro chosen by the South Korean company was Ubuntu, according to the Canonical blogUbuntu was chosen because it is a popular distro among developers and has been chosen by many companies around the world for their projects, including Samsung itself.
The simple idea to understand and the video above illustrates very well. While the Smartphone is unplugged from DeX, you have a normal Smartphone, like any other Samsung Galaxy, plugging it into the device, attached to a mouse and keyboard, automatically you have a desktop operating system, simple as that.
Although Samsung has a system version and interface for DeX, there are still several limitations, especially to cater to the developer audience, that the niche the company seems to be focusing on at this early stage, so the possibility of running a more traditional Linux distro. that Android becomes interesting.
Canonical is working with Samsung to offer a modified version of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and offer developers a better experience.
DeX is currently only released to Beta Testers and developers, but you can join this list by clicking on here, however, rather than being on the list, you need a Galaxy Note 9 or a Galaxy Tab S4 running Android Oreo or higher.
You can read Samsung's ad completely on here.
Similarities and differences with Ubuntu Phone
Many people have commented that what Samsung is now doing to realize the dream Canonical had with Ubuntu Phone and Unity 8. In fact the project has similarities and differences, they go two different ways to offer similar products.
The biggest difference between the projects is in the way Samsung is trying to achieve this hybrid Smartphone and Desktop condition compared to what Canonical was planning.
Canonical was developing a unique interface that suited the device it was running on, somewhat similar to Windows 10 desktop mode and Tablet mode, so that when you plugged your Smartphone into an HDMI cable, for example. For example, the Smartphone screen would turn into a touchpad and you could operate the device in a different layout, with a look that would, depending on the size of the connected screen, be the same as Unity 8 that would be used on the desktop.
As we know, the plan did not succeed, though the Ubuntu Touch project still remains More modestly in the hands of the community, however, Canonical can now help bring this concept forward with the help of Samsung.
The company that owns the brand "Galaxy" took this concept in another way, believing that it would be more viable and effective to "embed" two systems in one, one that works on the traditional smartphone and another that comes into action when connected to DeX, but allowing access to normal device storage, as well as some specific applications that are capable of running in both environments.
The big difference from a possible success of this project is that Samsung is already one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world and has a huge customer base, something Canonical did not have, and the company does not seem to be in a hurry to launch a product like DeX, which is still clearly unfinished, still keeping these new features in the Beta channel of their products.
We can certainly look forward to news in the future. Data convergence, as Apple does in its products or product convergence, and therefore data as well, as Samsung is doing? Who will fit the new model? Place your bets.
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