The idea of using a smartphone as a full desktop PC when connected to an external monitor isn't new. The now-dead Ubuntu for phones and tablets had 'Convergence' as one of its main features, allowing you to run full desktop Linux apps when you connected a keyboard and mouse (and display, if your device supported that). Read More
Last month, possibly the most-anticipated feature for VLC finally made it into the Android version - support for Chromecast. Now the feature has reached the stable branch, with the release of VLC 3.0. It's the first major version bump since 2012, and includes plenty of new features and bug fixes. Read More
Several smartphone companies have tried making phones that can 'dock' to become desktop PCs. Microsoft has developed Continuum for Windows 10 Mobile, Ubuntu Linux has Convergence, and Motorola tried the Atrix 4G Lapdock. Now Samsung is giving it a shot, with the S8's 'DeX' desktop environment.
DeX works like other solutions - just plug the S8 into the DeX dock, and connect a keyboard, mouse, and HDMI display. The phone then becomes a desktop computer, running Android apps in separate resizable windows. Any app compatible with either Android Nougat's multiwindow API or Samsung's old multiwindow solution should work.
Samsung is hoping businesses will adopt DeX, with the company working with Microsoft and Adobe to make their apps fully compatible. Read More