Hands-on with the new Samsung DeX app for Windows 10

Samsung has released a new app for PC and Mac that transforms any computer into a DeX dock, powered by the Galaxy Note 10. Using just a normal USB cable to connect your PC to your phone, you can turn any PC into a DeX compatible workstation, allowing you to access your phone and Android apps without needing a dedicated DeX dock.

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We've gone hands-on with the new Samsung DeX app (opens in new tab) for Windows 10 to see how it performs, and we're impressed. When it was first announced, it wasn't clear how exactly this feature would be useful, but upon further inspection, its use-cases become much clearer. This is for people who need access to apps only available on Android, and frequently transfer files between their phone and PC.

Now, using the Samsung DeX app, you can access Snapchat, WhatsApp, and every other Android app without needing to use virtualization technology like Bluestacks, or rely on streaming your phone to your PC like with the Your Phone app. What's more, those who use their phones for work no longer need to worry about making sure all their files are available across all their devices. You can just work directly off your phone using the DeX client.

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This app is designed primarily to compliment your PC and not outright replace it. I don't think anyone is using DeX full time, because it just doesn't make sense to, especially if you have a full PC sitting right next to your phone. This is useful for when you need to use an app that Windows doesn't have, or access and share files between your phone and PC.

The DeX experience itself is very Windows-like. You've got your traditional taskbar, system tray, and app menu in the locations you'd expect, plus a few niceties such as app previews when hovering over running apps in the taskbar, and the ability to drag around and resize app windows.

This is what Windows 10 Mobile's continuum mode wishes it was. It's a full-fledged desktop experience with all the bells and whistles you'd expect an OS with a mouse and keyboard to have. It's nice, but I still can't see people opting to use this over Windows.

Of course, the DeX app is just another way to access your phone, with Microsoft's own Your Phone app stepping in to streamline the experience. Your Phone from Microsoft syncs data such as SMS, photos, and notifications to a Windows 10 app, instead of relying on the user to boot into the phone directly.

What are your thoughts on Samsung DeX? Let us know in the comments.

  • I have a dedicated Dex station and it works for what I use it for. This would be nice for on the go and a quick way to move data on and off the phone.
  • Tbh I don't see why we would want this. I use dex Station on my note 9 for basic bits and then use rdp to my desktop for pier user bits but why would you wsnt this on a Windows pc that can already do more than a phone? Maybe just me but I samsung see this as an advantage for anything. All up for options though.
  • I find it disappointing that samsung is leaving users of Note 9 in the dust with this feature. i have a note 9, 1 year old, Samsung is expecting me and others with a note 9 to spend more money ????? i could just as well get a low cost smartphone and spend little money per month for a hotspot. so the hotspot would cost me much less per year verses spending big money on the note 10 phone. i truly feel i am being shafted.
  • Although you shouldn't have too, I'm sure if you wait long enough someone will get it working with older DeX compatible devices. I doubt it's anything super-advanced that's blocking the ability. Probably just a line of code with a list of compatible devices that needs editing or similar.
  • and note 9 and note 10 users are not getting android q for a long time.
  • It's the apps that make Dex more useful. Get a text through snapchat, Instagram, or watch a nest doorbell video all from your laptop now. It's the convenience and it rocks.
  • I see this being really useful in workplaces. Something to keep basic personal messaging/apps separate from a work computer.
  • I'm hoping once the Note 10 newness wears off there be an update for this to work on S9 and S10 series.