Motorola brings new DeX-like functionality to the Edge Plus with 'Ready For'; turns your phone into a PC
Motorola has been among the most innovative smartphone makers over the years, but often without real luck. For example, it was one of the first to try to tap into the power of modern smartphones to help power a desktop-like computing experience. It’s first attempts date back to the Moto Atrix in 2011 with the defunct Webtop platform, but it was eventually Samsung that made the feature relatively popular when it introduced DeX years later.
Motorola (now owned by Lenovo), has introduced ‘Ready For’, its contemporary answer to Samsung DeX and designed for the new work from home (WFH) phenomena spawned by the global pandemic. As you would expect, it uses a very familiar PC-like desktop multi-window user interface that is automatically launched when connected to a new dock accessory. Motorola is promoting Ready For as a multifunctional way of getting more out of your Moto Edge Plus, which includes being able to use the display of the device as a trackpad.
In addition to getting work done on the larger screen, Motorola is also highlighting the benefits of using your phone as a second screen while getting things done on a larger display at the same time. Motorola is also promoting Ready For as a more immersive gaming environment for playing console-style mobile games on a larger screen -- naturally this involves pairing a Bluetooth controller to your Edge Plus. It is also touting its ability to work as an STB when connected to a TV to display entertainment apps like Netflix on a larger display or even use its high-res front-facing camera to engage in video calls.
The Motorola Ready For experience is rolling out to Verizon customers in the US now.