Linux on DeX Updated with Samsung Galaxy S9, S10, Tab S5e Support

An update has arrived for Linux on Dex Beta program which brings support for various new devices. Last year Samsung Galaxy Note 9 users enjoyed a feature called Samsung Dex which enabled them to convert their devices into a full-fledged PC experience by simply connecting a monitor. To showcase the versatility and possibilities of DeX, Samsung went on to add Linux functionality as well, allowing users to utilize Linux apps — a big step in Mobile computing! Initially being available for few devices, Samsung has recently updated Linux on Dex to support further phones and tablets.

The beta version of Linux on DeX was available only for Galaxy Note 9 or Galaxy Tab S4 but now it has been extended to further devices. Before jumping towards the download and install part, important thing to check is that if your mobile supports Linux on DeX or not. Secondly, if it supports then comes the download size which is around 8GB of memory storage within your device. Making sure of this, proceed ahead for installation steps.

Linux on Dex Beta, Samsung

Linux on Dex Beta: Supported Device

Here are the devices, categorized under the OS versions, which support Linux on Dex Beta.

  • Android Oreo
    • Samsung Galaxy Note 9
    • Samsung Tab S4
  • Android Pie
    • Samsung Galaxy Note 9
    • Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9+
    • Samsung Galaxy S10 / S10e / S10 +
    • Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
    • Samsung Tab S4
    • Samsung Tab S5e

What is Possible with Linux on Dex Beta?

With Linux on Dex users can download and maintain their code base through Git services, users can manage and monitor a server using service command line interface (CLI) and great news for hardcore programmers that they can create C/C++/Java projects and run on their favorite IDE’s using Linux on DeX. This much processing power means turning the whole mobile into a PC.

Installing Linux on DeX Beta App


  • 8GB Memory Storage

Follow these steps to have Linux on your phone:

  1. Download the Linux on DeX beta application
  2. Once accepted for the Linux on Dex beta program, a link will be available to download the application to the current handset
  3. Run the application and download the official Ubuntu build for Samsung DeX as Linux on DeX beta is supported on select Galaxy devices and only works on Samsung DeX.
  4. As the download completes, users will be able to set a storage limit before launching the Ubuntu desktop.

The Linux on DeX beta program is not guaranteed towards a full release on Samsung devices in the future but the beta program being extended to multiple devices is a great hint that we will be having more news and magic happening with Linux on Dex.

Let us know in the comments if you’ve tried the Linux app? Also, tell us about the performance of running Linux OS through your phone. We always love to hear from you. Happy Dexing!


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