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Motorola brings new DeX-like functionality to the Edge Plus with 'Ready For'; turns your phone into a PC

The new Motorola Ready For PC-like experience is being rolled out to Verizon customers in the US now. (Image: Motorola)
The new Motorola Ready For PC-like experience is being rolled out to Verizon customers in the US now. (Image: Motorola)
Motorola has introduced a new PC-like desktop environment for its Moto Edge Plus flagship smartphone. The functionality dubbed ‘Ready For’ gives users the ability to plug in their smartphone to a keyboard, mouse and display similar to Samsung’s DeX environment.

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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.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1290 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2021-03-18 (Update: 2021-03-18)