Samsung already has the DeX, a docking station which attaches to the Galaxy S8 and S8+ via USB-C. The US$149 accessory allows users to plug in an external keyboard, mouse, and monitor so that they can enjoy desktop experience on the phone without losing normal mobile functions such as receiving phone notifications, incoming calls, and text messages.
Citrix collaborated with Samsung to enable Dex to work with Citrix Receiver, which is an easy-to-install software that lets users access Citrix’s XenDesktop and XenApp installation.
XenDesktop is a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) product developed and sold by Citrix Systems. It allows users to virtually access and runs Microsoft Windows desktops from a datacentre or a public or private cloud, via devices located anywhere. XenApp is an application virtualization solution that helps you optimize productivity with universal access to virtual apps, desktops, and data from any device.
With Citrix Receiver, the Galaxy S8 is converted into a desktop environment that includes and optimized user interface with resizable window capabilities, taskbar pop-up, notifications, and more, according to Citrix. In the enterprise environment, Citrix Receiver provides employees with secure access to their digital workspace and all of the business apps and data.
Citrix envisions people using their phones securely in the field and then coming to the office and connecting their phones to the Samsung DeX, and “converting their phone into a desktop-like experience.”
For example, insurance claims adjusters can securely use their Samsung Galaxy S8 out in the field assessing claims, and then return to the office, plug into their DeX station and complete reports using a full desktop-like environment.
Police officers can use their phones to enter tickets and take notes while on patrol using Citrix Secure Forms, and then return to the station, plug into the DeX station and complete their reports using a fully functional desktop-like environment.
Citrix also offers support and integration for Samsung devices that include XenMobile enterprise mobility management, security features and secure virtual access to apps and desktops through XenApp and XenDesktop, and support for Secure Apps with Samsung Knox at the native Android OS layer.
Citrix XenMobile also supports new Samsung capability known as Enterprise Firmware-Over-The-Air (E-FOTA). Samsung E-FOTA enables IT admins to take greater control over when devices get updated, as well as what version is updated. This Samsung capability provides IT with native device control without sacrificing user flexibility.
Why are these integrations important?
Because not all virtualization apps are able to allow desktop applications to operate optimally on smartphone screens.
“While many people use their smartphones for business, they usually turn to a laptop or desktop when they need to use Windows or browser-based apps,” according to Maribel Lopez, founder and principal analyst, Lopez Research. “Even though VDI or app virtualization lets them run Windows applications on their smartphone, the Windows experience does not always translate well to a small touchscreen.”
To address this issue, she said, vendors have worked to develop solutions that make it easier to connect smartphones to a keyboard, mouse and a monitor.
A chief technology officer for Samsung believes Citrix has managed an ideal interoperation with its latest smartphone
“The Samsung DeX lets people use their Galaxy S8 like a desktop computer, using solutions, including Citrix Receiver, XenApp, and XenDesktop, as our preferred technologies to enable customers to securely access and use their Windows and browser-based applications, just as they would with a traditional laptop,” said Injong Rhee, CTO of the Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics. “This is not science fiction this is true, business-driven innovation.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone and Samsung DeX will be available in Q2, 2017.
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