Samsung expands Linux on Dex to more devices including Galaxy S9, Galaxy S10 and Tab 5E

Linux on Dex is a very interesting product; it takes your existing phone or tablet (provided its compatible) and turns it into a fully functional desktop option running Ubuntu Linux.

It was originally available to the Tab S4 and Note 9 shortly after launch, but the product range is now expanding to include the Galaxy S9/S9+ S10e/S10/S10+/5G and Tab S5e.

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Essentially the range has been expanded to all devices that have sufficient specs to handle a desktop environment running on it which is a great step forward towards a genuinely integrated and connected lifestyle.

We have been taking a look at Linux on Dex and for someone in a mobile workforce, needing access to all the usual array of applications that isn’t quite served by a tablet – it’s a potential winner in reducing the amount of gear and weight you need to carry.

If you’ve got one of the supported devices and want to check it out, follow this link and follow the bouncing ball. Be aware though, that it is a big download and will take some time to install – so perhaps set it going overnight.

It is well worth investigating if you have a curiosity about turning your mobile into a desktop, or if you have a need that is met by the environment.

Phil Tann: @prymal81 Phil is an Android enthusiast who spends most of his time reading up on U.S. Android news so he can get the low down on what could possibly hit Australian shores. Coming from a background in IT & T sales, he’s in the perfect position to give an educated view on hardware and software.

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  • After reading the article, I rushed to sign up to be a beta tester for Linux on Dex. However, when I click on the link that is meant to talk me to Google Play to download the Linux of Dex app, I get a curious error message - "We're sorry, the requested URL was not found on this server.". There is also a link on the same Beta Tester page that supposedly directs you to the standard version of Dex so you can go back to the original configuration. It seems that us colonials aren't allowed access or is this just an error?

    • I downloaded it for my S10+ and had previously downloaded it for my Tab S4 when it was first made available.

    • Hi David, same happened to me. Download the Linux on Dex app from APK mirror website and install and you’ll be good to go. Just google “Linux on Dex APK”