Every company is trying to make sure that their phone becomes something like a one-in-all kind and Samsung is the latest to join this venture. Samsung’s S series is surely going to become one of the most sought-after mobile series around the globe and they are now planning to make sure that their latest release, Samsung Galaxy S8 is going to become one of those prized phones that will eliminate the need for a personal computer.
In fact, it is looking to pair up with Samsung Desktop Experience (DeX) to make sure that the mobile phone can be used as a desktop when coupled with a dock accessory. It is further going to support a monitor when connected through HDMI, and has connective ports with mouse and keyboard so that you can simply use it as a desktop when you need it.
Of course, this is more like an android desktop where you can do almost everything through android apps. Of course, it has certain visual similarities with the Chrome OS, but there is no desktop browser as such so that could be considered a drawback. One of the major drawbacks of using this phone is that you need to use the Google Play Store apps that are not optimized for desktop so they can look and feel a bit stretched.
How to tackle the monopoly of Windows through Samsung’s Galaxy S8?
Samsung is obviously worried about the desktop experience since Windows and Apple have had monopoly over desktop computers. However, it is trying to ensure it can simulate the desktop experience like windows by doing certain updates. For example, if you unplug the device from the dock, the windows disappear but plugging it back will not render the same result. However, Samsung has certain business models to follow to tackle the domination of windows.
Of course, it has to target new set of customers. For example, business people who need to have basic apps accessed being on the go can use the device for business procedures. However, Samsung understands that it is hardly enough to counter Windows, and hence they are looking to combine with VMware to ensure that a similar experience to Windows desktop can be generated.
However, it will be streamed like a virtual session which will definitely require a good internet connection which will not be troubled by the heavy streaming in a continuous manner. But, there are warning signs already from Motorola and Microsoft as their efforts failed. Motorola’s Atrix and Microsoft’s Continuum are two efforts in this direction that failed for the simple reason that a desktop does not consist of apps but shortcuts so there is a clear difference of experience which has not been dealt with as of now.
Curbing the previous crises with Samsung’s Galaxy S8
Another headache for Samsung that has grown in the previous years is the overheating problem. Of course, customers will ask whether Samsung is really thinking about streaming and plugging desktop experience which requires a good deal of RAM usage and hence, resultant heating needs to be dealt with. The notorious crisis with S7 that resulted in phones exploding at times has been, however, dealt with in the most competent manner.
However, while you can think that S8 has concentrated on making the phone a desktop experience, it is hardly so. It is rather extremely packed with many other features such as the iris recognition which comes from the S7 devices with even better display and further enhanced camera.
Samsung’s classic home button disappears with a pressure-sensitive space replacing it. Samsung’s old users may not welcome this change as that surely changes the experience of taking a photograph. But, to pacify the users, Samsung is now loaded with Bixby, its very own AI to counter the supremely popular Siri from Apple, Cortana from Windows and of course, Google’s Alexa.
Although Samsung claims that its AI is more aware of the context it is acting in and can reply in a more cohesive manner, it has a serious drawback as of now. It can only support Korean with US English coming into frame a few months later. So, to become popular globally like the rest of the AIs, Bixby has to go a long way. However, it is a start like no other, Samsung claims.
Other interesting features of Samsung’s Galaxy S8
The phone is quite light unlike Samsung’s previous models and also, it is extremely interesting to note that it may well be the beginning to have android as a popular desktop option with so much desktop features enable. Of course, it also gives Samsung opportunities to pitch itself as a promoter of Android desktops to enterprises. The chips inside Samsung are made with the latest technology all around with 10 nm octa-core chips at the heart of these devices. However, despite so many features, Samsung has made it quite affordable and April will see the release of this phone.
4 GB RAM is mandatory obviously, but the battery problem has been seriously curbed as Samsung claims it to be. However, thing are to be seen in May as to what Samsung can provide with so much anticipation and expectation. Samsung, as the changes are evident, are going all software by reducing all the hardware aspects of the phone. While this is certainly commendable, one must keep in mind that it can often lead to over complicated scenario. Whether so much wiring for desktop experience will be welcomed or not will depend on the customers.