VMware Horizon now supports Samsung DeX on flagship Galaxy devices

DeX-enabled devices will now be able to serve as half of an extended VMware workstation, so you can work in Windows with nothing but a Samsung smartphone and an Android app.

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VMware has announced something it says Samsung DeX users have been asking for a long time: support for dual-screen VMware Horizon virtual desktops.

“Connected to an external monitor, Samsung Galaxy flagship devices (phones and tablets) can now use the device’s display as a secondary display, just like a PC was able to provide, powered by VMware’s Horizon and Workspace ONE” , VMware said. in his ad.

Samsung DeX originated in 2017 as a way for Galaxy smartphones and tablets to mirror their screens to an external monitor. Since then, DeX has changed in a number of ways, including adding wireless capabilities for PCs, Macs, and TVs.

One thing Samsung DeX lacked, until this announcement, was the ability to be a true desktop environment. VMware has filled this functionality hole by using existing DeX functions and dual-mode APIs to add keyboard and mouse support for the device monitor and screen.

In addition to being able to run VMware Horizon Windows instances, Android smartphone functionality is retained. Users can still open Android apps, which appear in a window, so emails, phone calls, text messages, and other UC features are preserved when using VMware on DeX.

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For those unfamiliar with VMware’s offerings, VMware Horizon is the virtual desktop interface, while VMware Workspace ONE is a suite that includes Horizon, along with identity and access management tools. The new DeX features are built into Horizon and part of Workspace ONE, so VMware customers should be able to use it no matter what service they have.

How to Use VMware with Samsung DeX

According to Samsung, “DeX is available on Galaxy S9, S10, S20, S21, Note8, Note9, Note10, Note 20, and Z Fold series phones, and Galaxy Tab S4, S5e, S6, and S7 series tablets.” So if you have one and you’re a VMware customer, you’re in luck.

You will need to have the VMware Horizon Client app for Android installed on your Samsung DeX-enabled device, so make sure you have done so before trying it.

VMware said Horizon treats DeX-enabled devices as thin clients when in Horizon DeX desktop mode, so it might be a good idea to see what VMware has to say about using Horizon on an Android thin clienttoo much.

VMware has also published a documentation page on using Horizon and DeX which includes some notable restrictions, namely that there is an input language switching issue which is a problem for multilingual professionals: “To change the language input method on a remote desktop, you can use the key change language on a Samsung physical keyboard.” So if you don’t have a Samsung hardware keyboard, you’re stuck with just one language input.

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Despite this restriction, the integration of VMware Horizon and Samsung DeX means remote work with low computing requirements doesn’t even require a laptop or company-owned device to be secure.

“Using Horizon on DeX, enterprises can deliver a more secure, fully powered desktop experience through a mobile device without complicated deployment, even when traditional PCs are unavailable,” said Soon Kon Kim, CTO of VMware in VMware’s strategic ecosystem and industry. solution group.

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