Dell exits the phone sync industry

Dell exits the phone sync industry

Tech Highlights:

  • Dell Mobile Connect — sometimes called Alienware Mobile Connect — made its debut in 2018 and is, naturally, supposed to work best with Dell laptops from 2018 or later. The program’s compatible with both iPhone and Android phones, but it offered more features for Android devices right out of the gate — like screen-mirroring, which arrived on the Mobile Connect app for iPhone in 2020.

  • The last day of operation for Dell Mobile Connect is January 31st, 2023. Do you remember when everyone coveted your phone and laptop? Dell has given up the fight at last (via Windows Central). The programme that syncs the texts, calls, and notifications from your phone to your computer, known as Mobile Connect, will no longer be available, according to a support website from Dell. For users in the US, Canada, and Japan, Dell will stop allowing downloads on November 30, but it won’t be usable after January 31, 2023. For users outside of these three nations, the service will end even earlier on July 31st with a complete shutdown taking place on November 30th.

Microsoft offers a similar feature on Windows 10 and 11 PCs, called Phone Link (previously known as the Your Phone app). Phone Link does everything that Mobile Connect does, letting you mirror notifications on your PC, take calls and texts, as well as transfer files. But the main difference is that Phone Link doesn’t support iPhones, whereas Mobile Connect does.

If you like Mobile Connect, it seems like its capabilities aren’t going away for good. As noted by Windows Central, Intel actually bought the software behind Dell Mobile Connect in 2021, called Screenovate. Intel already showed off its plans to sync your PC with your Android, iPhone, and smartwatch at CES 2022, and the capability’s set to roll out on Intel Evo devices towards the end of this year.

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