In the first quarter of this year, with the launch of the Galaxy S8, Samsung also released DeX docking station. It is used to connect the smartphone to the monitor, and with the mouse and keyboard attached, the phone turns almost into the computer. Samsung is furthering this concept and is preparing for its Linux on Galaxy application to launch a full-fledged Linux distributions.
Of course, even the best smartphone can not compete with the multi-core Core i9 or AMD Ryzen. Therefore, the Samsung application will run specially prepared Linux images adapted to the ARM architecture. This solution should be appreciated especially by those who like to have the same environment with them. The new ultrabooks are lightweight and powerful, but they still can not compete with the compactness of a few-inch smartphone. One of the target groups is the developers who work both at home and in the office. All they need to do is carry a small DeX docking station (or buy two of them) and they will always have full-size developer apps on hand.
Linux on Galaxy will run on Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8.
True, a smartphone may not be the best device for compiling programs or keeping the entire environment needed for web applications. But today everything is available remotely. It is therefore important that you have access to your mail client, web browser, and desktop development environment. The written code can be compiled on a remote server.
The second target group is the players. Samsung has announced that Galaxy S8 and Note 8 will be able to deal with titles such as Vainglory, Survival Arena, BombSquad, Lineage 2 Revolution, AxE and Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition. Much of this is achieved by optimizing selected titles using the VulkanAPI. You can see that Samsung is ramping up when it comes to the use of the DeX docking station. Who knows, perhaps the laptops will soon go off and instead of them will connect smartphones to the docking stations.