Samsung’s DeX software has been available for a few years, letting you connect a keyboard, mouse, and display to supported phones or tablets to use Android in a desktop-like environment.

Now Samsung is letting you just plug your phone into a PC.

The company says the new version of DeX for the Galaxy Note 10 will let you run a cable from your phone to a Windows or Mac computer in order to control your phone from your PC (which is functionally similar to running phone apps on your PC’s display).

And that’s just one of the ways Samsung is trying to make its newest phone work better with whatever computer you’re using.

The new DeX for PC feature lets you:

  • Drag and drop files between a PC or Mac and your phone.
  • Use your computer’s mouse, keyboard, and display to control apps running on their phone.
  • Keep all your data securely on your phone rather than syncing to your PC.

But that said, the Galaxy Note 10 also now comes with a version of Microsoft’s Your Phone app pre-installed. That means when you pair a Note 10 with a Windows 10 computer you’ll be able to view smartphone notifications, send and receive text messages, and view photos on your PC screen.

Microsoft says later this year you’ll even be able to make and receive phone calls using your PC hardware.

PC users can also stream games from a Windows computer to a Note 10 wirelessly, allowing you to play PC games as if they were mobile titles (and the Galaxy Note 10 will also come with the Discord chat app for gamers built into the company’s game launcher, if that’s a selling point for you).

via The Verge

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7 replies on “Samsung DeX bridges the divide between your phone and PC (or Mac)”

    1. This is neat, and more trustworthy. Actually, being not restricted to windows means it could greatly expand what you can use to include many computers that are far less powerful than the phone itself.
      You’d have to test it to see if it’s really a lapdock killer though.

    2. Scrcpy is very nice (was using it the other day while I was without broadband, but it’s only a screen mirroring tool and doesn’t have the full desktop windowing capabilities built into Dex. Scrcpy limits you to whatever can be displayed on your phone’s screen.

      With Dex, you don’t even need tethering anymore, which is useful for people with cheaper phone plans that disallow it.

  1. We used to do this to sync our PDA’s with our computers. Have things come full circle?

    1. Yeah, but it will come as an update. And Verizon will keep the OTA hostage for a while, so maybe expect this as a Christmas Present… don’t wait days/weeks for it.

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