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Linux launch and other news from Samsung


This issue focuses on the latest developments in Samsung's developments. One of these is the launch of the Linux on DeX platform and the launch of a new device with an Infinity Flex display.

Turning your smartphone into a PC

The new Linux on DeX platform allows you to do this. Only the smartphone must be based on Android. Today the official launch of the beta version will take place, registration for which opens the way for those who like everything new and interesting.

The software makes it possible to download a Linux distribution, configure it on a container and run it. Moreover, as if it were one of the Android apps.

This development is especially interesting in that it allows you to connect a keyboard, mouse and monitor to any user's smartphone. The result is a real PC that can be used by running Linux desktop applications.

Until December 14 this year, Samsung will be accepting applications for the beta version. After admission to the program, you will need to install the appropriate application. Then, on their smartphone, the user can download the Linux image and get started.

However, a number of limitations are currently known.

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is the only operating system currently supported.
  • Official work is possible only on two devices - Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S4.
  • Only applications compiled for 64-bit ARM processors are allowed to function properly.

There is a high degree of probability that there is a possibility of normal interaction with other operating systems. At least with some tools and programs. Samsung notes that the disk image downloaded from the company's website is optimized for the DeX platform.

Its capacity is 3.6 GB, however, for fruitful interaction, you will need about 8 GB of memory and 4 GB of RAM. It is also possible to install additional bundled equipment, which will entail an increase in the volume of these indicators.

Linux on DeX works well both in full screen mode and in Android UI. To go to the last one, it is enough to "drive" the cursor to the bottom of the screen for a few seconds. This will invoke the Android navigation buttons.

If you don't own Samsung flagship smartphones, then don't despair. Most likely, in the near future, this platform will also be available for other devices.

Flexible smartphone. Or a tablet?


Finally, we've got a foldable device with flexible display.

Recently, a developer conference was held in San Francisco, at which Samsung representatives announced a novelty with an Infinity Flex display.

If you fold it, you get a regular smartphone. When unfolded, the device looks like a tablet measuring 7.3 inches.

The company has long gone to this product. First, a durable and flexible polymer was developed to hold multiple layers of the display. The smartphone version strongly resembles the Galaxy Note 9, which automatically switches to tablet mode when unfolded.

The device is interesting by the presence of two screens. The external one is necessary to work in smartphone mode, while the internal one is large, allowing it to give the product the status of a tablet. It has a resolution of 1536 x 2152 pixels and an aspect ratio of 4.2: 3.

Alternatively, the screen has a diagonal of 4.58 inches, a 21: 9 ratio, and a resolution of 840 x 1960 pixels.

How exactly the two modes of the novelty differ, the representatives of the developer did not explain. They only reported the presence of some multitasking functions. For example, in the form of a tablet, the device can simultaneously work with three applications.

At the moment, the smartphone-tablet has no name, the date of its launch on sale has not been determined. It is expected to begin mass production early next year with sales in the first half of 2019.

Barcelona will host MWC 2019 next February. Probably, there we will see not a prototype, but a retail device.

Samsung is actively working with Google to ensure that Android works on flexible screens. This should help the OS adapt to work in this mode.

The Topic of Article: Linux launch and other news from Samsung.
Author: Jake Pinkman