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LG quietly rolls out a desktop mode to the V50 ThinQ

The V50 ThinQ connected to a NexDock 2. (Image source: Somegadgetguy)
The V50 ThinQ connected to a NexDock 2. (Image source: Somegadgetguy)
LG did the unexpected a few weeks ago by releasing Android 10 for the V50 ThinQ early, but it seems that LG UX 9.0 offers more than we had initially thought. The update brings Samsung Dex and Huawei Desktop Mode-like functionality to the V50 ThinQ, which is a welcome bonus.

Just over a week ago, we reported that LG had surprised fans with its latest V50 ThinQ update, having brought Android 10 to its latest V series flagship. While the changelog was thin on the ground at the time of writing, people that own a V50 ThinQ have now had the chance to experience what UX 9.0, LG's custom version of Android 10, has to offer.

It turns out that LG has brought more than just the run-of-the-mill changes to the V50 ThinQ, too. Brought to our attention by @SomeGadgetGuy, the V50 ThinQ now supports a desktop mode and it appears to work rather well. While he notes that the one included in UX 9.0 lacks the refinement of Samsung DeX or Huawei Desktop Mode, @SomeGadgetGuy states that it is more polished than the one developed by Google.

As demonstrated in the corresponding YouTube video, activating the UX 9.0 desktop mode on the V50 ThinQ merely requires connecting the device to an external monitor via a USB Type-C to HDMI adapter. Doing so then prompts a "screen sharing mode" notification to appear, which offers the action of "tap to switch to desktop mode". The V50 ThinQ is even compatible with devices like the NexDock 2, which is handy.

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Desktop mode on LG UX 9.0. (Image source: SomeGadgetGuy)
Desktop mode on LG UX 9.0. (Image source: SomeGadgetGuy)


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Alex Alderson, 2020-01-27 (Update: 2020-01-28)