- A section within the Samsung Tips app suggests a wireless Dex mode could be on its way.
- This would likely allow Dex to be used on supported displays without docks or cables.
- Devices from the Galaxy S10 series and newer could receive the feature.
Samsung Dex could soon give users the option to ditch cables entirely according to a small detail uncovered in the Samsung Tips app.
A section for power users within the app, spotted by XDA writer Max Weinbach, features a header hinting at a forthcoming wireless Dex mode. The header, dubbed â€œDREAM_DEX_HEADER_USE_DEX_WIRELESSLY_M_TIPS,â€� was found on a Galaxy S20 Ultra and Galaxy Z Flip.
There are two interesting things to note here. For one, â€œDreamâ€� is the code-name for the Galaxy S10 series. This suggests that devices which are part of the Galaxy S10 generation â€“ including the Galaxy Fold â€“ could receive wireless Dex support.
Secondly, Weinbach also saw the option on the Galaxy Z Flip, a phone that does not feature Dex support at present. This may suggest Samsungâ€™s second foldable could receive the desktop environment mode in a future update.
Wireless Dex: years in the making
The spot by Weinbach comes nearly two years after a Samsung forum moderator first hinted that the company was working on a wireless Dex solution, following in the footsteps of Microsoftâ€™s now dead Continuum project and Huaweiâ€™s PC Mode.
Samsung Dex has evolved substantially since its introduction in 2017 with the Galaxy S8. To access Samsungâ€™s desktop environment back then, users required the bulky Dex dock. Currently, Dex needs a USB-C-to-HDMI cable or a USB cable with a Dex desktop app to run. Wireless Dex could cut out cables, computers, and apps entirely.
The Tips app also suggests the wireless Dex mode could be used on TVs. Itâ€™s possible that those TVs would have to support screen mirroring technology or be a Samsung Smart TV to achieve this. Additionally, a wireless Dex setup could pair nicely with another rumored Galaxy Note 20 feature suggesting that the S Pen could function as a pointing device.
Itâ€™s not clear if or when Samsung will roll out a wireless version of Dex, but we wouldnâ€™t bet against a possible announcement at Unpacked on August 5.
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