Samsung’s earlier debuted a continuum-like feature known as DeX. DeX is a feature exclusive to certain flagship Samsung devices which allowed them to drive a desktop-like experience once plugged into a larger screen so users could use their phones as their only computers. Much like Chromebooks, Android apps would take the place of desktop apps.
Samsung is now expanding DeX functionality with Linux support which it announced last year, and it is bringing it to the Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Tab S4 from next week.
“Linux on DeX frees developers from their desks by allowing them to access a PC-like Linux development environment anytime, anywhere,” says Samsung, “The app enables them to work on both Android and Ubuntu-based Linux distributions. Samsung provides a modified version of Ubuntu for Linux on DeX users, and has been working closely with Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, to provide the best experience.”
Samsung will be bringing Linux on DeX from November 12 to interested users by way of a private beta test. Users will need to be running Android Oreo on those devices to be eligible.