Samsung has released a new update for its Linux on DeX app, introducing support for more Galaxy devices. Linux on DeX, which allows users to run desktop Linux software on their Galaxy smartphones in the DeX environment, earlier supported only the Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy Tab S4. It now supports the Galaxy S9, S9+, the Galaxy S10, S10e, S10+, S10 5G, and the Galaxy Tab S5e as well.
Linux on DeX is aimed to bring the seamless mobility of Samsung's DeX platform for developers to code on the go. The app enables developers to work on both Android and Ubuntu-based Linux distributions anytime, anywhere. Other Linux distributions may also work, although Samsung isn’t offering official support for those yet. Also, Samsung is partnering with Canonical, the maker of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, to provide Linux on DeX users with a modified version of Ubuntu.
As of now, Linux on DeX is only compatible with the Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy Tab S4. However, with the new update, users of Samsung's Galaxy S flagships from 2018 as well as 2019 get it too. The recently launched Galaxy Tab S5e also now supports Linux on DeX. The new version, which is currently in beta, also fixes the issue with Ubuntu image download on Google Chrome.
As for Samsung's DeX platform, it was launched along with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ back in February 2017. A year later, Samsung changed its form factor and launched a flat-laying DeX Pad alongside the Galaxy S9 and S9+. The new DeX Pad keeps the phone lying flat, enabling its screen to double up as a touchpad. It also connects to a monitor at 2K resolution, up from the 1080p maximum of its predecessor. The second generation DeX Pad is currently priced at $99.99.