New Dell Mobile Connect software brings your mobile apps to PCs

CES 2018: Dell Introduces Wireless Integration Between PCs and Smartphones

In addition to messages and phone calls, Dell's new app will also allow your phone's notifications (even from third-party apps) to appear on Dell PCs that support Mobile Connect.

Screen mirroring - mirror your phone's screen onto your PC and engage with any of the apps through your PC's mouse, keyboard, and touch screen. Consider it a bonus for buying a Dell PC: After Jan. 18, every new Dell XPS, Inspiron, or Vostro notebook will include the free Dell Mobile Connect app.

Mobile Connect works on similar lines to Microsoft's Continuum and lets users to send and receive texts from PC along with making or receiving calls.

Dell isn't quite the first PC manufacturer to ship an app like this.

Many companies seem to be examining ways to bring smartphone functionality to larger computing devices, but Dell Mobile Connect makes a case for both average consumers and enterprise customers to make the PC/smartphone connection with its simplicity and functionality.

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The app uses Bluetooth and WiFi direct to pair with your phone.

"Your connection is only accessible on the PC when you are present and the communication remains secure through a point-to-point connection, never going through the internet or Wi-Fi routers", Dell said on its website. Dell Moblile Connect apps are available for iOS 10 and above, Android 5 and above devices. Once your phone receives a notification, Dell Mobile Connect will pass it along-but won't show the entire message. As reported by The Verge, the app can mirror a smartphone's screen on to a PC and allow them to interact with it.

The new software was created to increase productivity by eliminating the need to split your attention between your PC and smartphone, allowing you to receive all of your phone calls, SMS and IM messages, and other app notifications at your PC while working or gaming.

Most importantly, Dell's technology doesn't require any extra hardware.

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