Dell wants to make sure your smartphone's notifications aren't distracting you from your work. How? By having those notifications on your computer. Not only that, but you will be able to act on them, as well.
Engadget reports that Dell's new machines, including the flagship XPS, will come preloaded with a piece of software called Mobile Connect. Essentially, it lets you control your smartphone with your laptop. You can answer calls, receive and send texts, and even manage your apps.
At the time, apps are limited to Android only, but Apple integration is in the pipeline and should be available by the end of January.
Dell uses a combination if Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to connect your smartphone to your laptop. For Android users, it will even mirror the device on the laptop.
Engadget's Cherlynn Low, who has had the chance to give the software a spin, says it works quite nicely.
“Based on what I've seen so far, Dell's Mobile Connect software is a powerful and useful way to keep up with your smartphone notifications as you work on your PC,” she writes.
“While other companies have made similar software in the past (Samsung Sidesync, anyone?), none have offered as many features and as much cross-platform compatibility. Mobile Connect could end up being a feature that draws people to Dell laptops in the future, that is, until other companies start offering something as capable.”
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