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Samsung DeX app coming to PC and Mac alongside Galaxy Note 10

What you need to know

  • Samsung's DeX is coming to PCs as an app.
  • The DeX app will let you drag and drop files between devices and interact with mobile apps on your PC.
  • Samsung announced the new app alongside the Galaxy Note 10 (opens in new tab) and Galaxy Note 10+ (opens in new tab).

At its Unpacked event today, Samsung announced that it is bringing a DeX app to PC and Mac alongside the new Galaxy Note 10. The app will act as a way for your phone and PC to communicate with one another, including dragging and dropping files and interacting with mobile apps.

From Samsung (opens in new tab):

Galaxy Note10 extends Samsung DeX's capabilities, making it easier for you to work between your phone and a PC or Mac. With a simple, compatible USB connection, you can drag and drop files between devices and use your favorite mobile apps with a mouse and a keyboard, while keeping your data secure on the phone through Samsung Knox.

In addition to the DeX app, Samsung says you'll be able to "link to Windows" directly from the Galaxy Note 10's Quick Panel. Once linked, you'll be able to see notifications, messages, and look at recent photos without having to pick up your phone. Later this year, Microsoft says you'll also be able to make and receive phone calls from your PC.

This feature relies on Microsoft's Your Phone features built into Windows 10. That's not wouldn't a surprising development, as Samsung's Galaxy phones were among the first to be supported by Your Phone. Still, it's a convenient feature to have built directly into the Quick Panel.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

3 Comments
  • TheVerge have said it is Your Phone that's been built into the Quick Action panel
  • Will this feature also come to older models like S10, Note 9 and S9? This would be great.
  • Could this close the app gap a bit between Surface and Android tablets if someone only needed some simple media apps that weren't available through the MS store?