The cool thing is that by supporting Samsung’s DeX platform, you can connect a monitor, mouse, and keyboard to your phone and use it like a desktop computer — while running desktop Linux apps.
The disk image itself is about 3.6 GB, but Samsung says you’ll probably want at least 8GB of free space on your device, as well as 4GB of RAM. If you plan to install additional packages, you’ll need more free space.
Samsung notes that Linux on DeX runs in full-screen mode, but you can return to the Android user interface by moving the mouse cursor to the bottom of the screen and leaving it there for a second or so to bring up the Android navigation buttons.
Don’t need a graphical user interface? Folks who are comfortable with a command line can use a terminal app to interact with Linux without switching to DeX mode.
Who doesnt love a refresh? Samsungs upcoming One UI makes it easier to use your device with one hand and adds a fresh coat of paint to the formally “Samsung Experience” skin. While youre probably looking forward to installing One UI on your phone, not all Galaxies are equal — your device could be one of the first to receive the update, or it could never see One UI at all.
Those who purchased Samsungs latest and greatest — at least as of the time of this article — will be first in line to receive the update. One UI is coming to unlocked Galaxy Note 9 devices in January, with carrier variants — Verizon, T-Mobile, etc. — to follow closely behind.
Carrier variants issue their own updates, rather than letting Samsung take the reigns. Unlocked devices are not at the mercy of any particular carrier, so they will typically be first to update.
If you opted for the Galaxy S9 or S9+ over the Note 9, dont worry — these devices will receive the update at the exact same time as the Note 9. Unlocked devices will get the update in January, with carrier variants following that.
Galaxy Note 8 owners are not as fortunate as 2018 flagship users. While the Note 8 is only from 2017, Samsung has no official One UI release date for last years phablet.
That being said, we can guess that the Note 8 will get One UI soon after the S9, S9+, and Note 9. Based on Samsungs track record with updates, its possible Note 8 owners will see One UI hit their device in Q2 2019.
The story is the same for the Galaxy S8, S8+, and S8 Active. While all three devices are running Android Oreo, Samsung has no official date for One UI to hit these phones. Just as with the Note 8, however, expect the update to follow soon after the 2018 line of Galaxy devices, possibly Q2.
Contrary to popular belief, you dont need to upgrade a phone every one or two years, as older phones today work well into old age. The caveat, however, is that OEMs like Samsung stop updating phones after a couple years. Thats why we dont expect the following Galaxy phones to get One UI, although were open to the possibility that they will:
As for midrange phones that have released in the past two or three years, were sorry to say youll likely never see One UI. The cost margins are so thin on these devices that Samsung cant justify keeping a team of software developers around to update their firmware.
As we learn more specifics, particularly with the 2017 flagship models, well update this guide with ETAs and specific launch dates, so keep checking back!