Motorola adds a DeX-like desktop mode to the Edge+

Motorola adds a DeX-like desktop mode to the Edge+

Back in December, Motorola teased a DeX-like desktop mode for select devices updated to Android 11. With the Motorola Edge+ recently receiving the update on Verizon, the new mode is finally here.

Motorola is calling the feature “Ready For,” and will allow you to hook up the Edge+ to a display for a desktop-like experience.

“Get a complete desktop experience with your phone — even add a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse,” a landing page reads on Motorola’s website. “Compose and send emails faster. Edit photos and video easier. Enjoy a bigger view of everything you do.”

Motorola’s Ready For feature requires users to connect the Edge+ to a display over video-enabled USB-C or USB-C-to-HDMI. You can use a TV or monitor, so long as it has an HDMI port or USB-C video-in port. Once you’re connected, the UI will look a lot like a traditional desktop layout, including a taskbar with app icons.

  • Mobile Desktop: View multiple windows at once or take a closer look at videos, artwork, and documents. Plus, connect a Bluetooth® keyboard and mouse for a complete desktop experience.
  • Video Chat: Enjoy higher quality video calls with the option to pick between the 108MP main lens or 16MP ultra-wide lens, which lets you capture more people in one frame.
  • Gaming: Play your favorite mobile games on the big screen with an advantage thanks to edge+ and Verizon 5G. Bonus, pair a Bluetooth® controller for an intuitive and hands on gaming.
  • TV: See all your favorite apps and entertainment at a glance in an easy-to-read dashboard. Now when you’re on the go, you don’t have to worry about missing your must-watch shows.

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This isn’t Motorola’s first foray into offering desktop mode experiences. As we mentioned before, the company introduced a similar feature all the way back in 2011 with the Atrix 4G. The method back then was a little different, requiring users to dock the device in a laptop shell. But hardware and software have evolved a lot in the past 10 years, allowing features like Ready For (and Samsung DeX) to exist.

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Along with the launch of the new feature, Motorola is offering a Ready For dock, which can hold your device in portrait or landscape orientation. The dock features a flexible hinge and integrated fan and will launch on April 19. Motorola will reveal a price closer to the accessory’s launch.

Ready For is a nice perk to have if you own the Motorola Edge+, which should be receiving the update to Android 11 starting today.

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Brandon's love of technology can be traced back to his childhood, when he would obsessively watch Back to the Future. Since then he's followed the industry and its many innovations, from handheld consoles to powerful smartphones. He's still waiting on a hoverboard.