PC On Your Person
The jokes about the new Samsung Galaxy S8 were all but inevitable.
I confess, I played as well, saying to one of my colleagues yesterday via IM, “Does it come with an asbestos burn bag??”
And that’s all the beating up I’ll do on poor Samsung — they’ve had one tough year and are trying to rise from the ashes.
The Wall Street Journal’s Geoffrey Fowler covered the basic speeds and feeds, its new Bixby virtual assistant, and other regular fare in his latest column.
But he also highlighted the looming possibility of the smartphone as desktop replacement:
The S8 has one other unexpected software talent: With an adapter, the S8 can transform into a computer, capable of driving a monitor, mouse and keyboard. It’s actually a Samsung-modified version of Android called DeX, which creates a desktop-like experience including resizable windows.
– via WSJ
That’s almost enough to stop your nightmares of phone batteries exploding in your pockets or while playing Angry Birds on airplanes!
Imagine, a computer in your pocket that you could take to work, plug it in, and not need to carry around a boat anchor (even today’s admittedly lighter laptop boat anchors).
As Fowler points out, at your desk, you’d obviously need a monitor, mouse, and keyboard, but other than that, you’d be good to go and you could always have your “computer” be on your person without much hassle.
Engadget put the S8 through some desktop paces during its own demo time and had this to say.
In summary, they wrote “The road to the perfect phone-desktop hybrid is littered with the carcasses of ambitious failures…” but that they were “…particularly impressed with the way Samsung has customized Android for bigger screens.”
Et tu, iPhone?