Motorola is trying that ‘your phone can be a PC’ thing again

A decade after the failed Atrix 4G Laptop Dock, Motorola is taking one other stab at turning a phone into your computer. By method of an Android 11 replace, Edge Plus customers on Verizon can now join the handset to a larger display screen for a desktop-style expertise within the vein of Samsung’s Dex. In a nutshell, that means you may be in a position to entry all of the productiveness, gaming and streaming apps in your phone on a monitor or TV. 

Motorola hopes that you may use it for every part from enhancing work paperwork and making video calls (which ought to look nice due to the strong assortment of cameras on the Edge Plus) to enjoying Fortnite — or a cloud gaming service like Xbox Game Pass or Google Stadia (by way of a Bluetooth controller) — to watching Netflix. 

The new “Ready For” platform makes use of a multi-window interface that launches once you connect with a display screen by way of the USB-C or HDMI port. You can additionally add equipment like a keyboard or mouse to additional match the texture of a desktop. There’s no devoted app and also you can use your phone as a second display screen whereas engaged on a larger show. To assist with that, Motorola is releasing a “Ready For” dock on April nineteenth on Amazon, with pricing to be introduced nearer to launch.

Of course, a lot has modified because the Atrix 4G lapdock — basically a dumb laptop computer made good by docking the Motorola phone on the again. Smartphones, cell and residential web speeds have superior in leaps and bounds. In the interim, Samsung has arguably come closest to creating a smartphone-powered desktop expertise with its wi-fi Dex software platform. If Dex and Ready For stick round, it might result in extra phone makers trying to usurp PCs in a bid to capitalize on the distant working increase.

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