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New Dell PCs Will Sync Messages, Calls With iPhone and Android

10 January 2018

The company has created an app called Mobile Connect that will let you have similar functionality and plans to ship the app on most of its new PCs.

The service, called Dell Mobile Connect, is being announced Tuesday at CES, the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.

Interestingly, Dell notes that notifications will even work with iOS devices, which traditionally are locked down into other devices within Apple's own ecosystem.

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During a recent demo, I watched as a text sent to an Android phone arrived on both the handset and the connected XPS 13. Once configured, your smartphone and PC will communicate via Bluetooth and WiFi Direct technologies.

Hands-free phone calls - make and take phone calls, automatically routed through your PC and handled by using your PC's speakers and microphone.

The kicker is what Inditzky calls a proprietary wireless connection between an Android smartphone and the PC. It does not use Internet or a router, so your data remains secure.

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In an interview with VentureBeat, Frank Azor, general manager for Dell laptops, said, "When you look at Dell Mobile Connect and what that solution offers, it's centered around reducing the frustration of having to manage two devices every day". There is a pro version of Pushbullet, which removes the limit on sending messages, increases the maximum file size for sharing, gives you 100 GB of cloud storage and adds actionable notifications as well as universal copy and paste. According to Inditzky, you'll have to hover over the notification with your mouse to see the full notification, preserving your privacy in public places.

Once you pair your phone to your Dell PC, you can customize which app notifications will appear in your Windows-based OS. In a demonstration, it seemed to work flawlessly, though there was a small bit of lag.

When you're able to answer calls and text messages directly from your computer, it's definitely a huge convenience because you don't have to pick up your phone.

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New Dell PCs Will Sync Messages, Calls With iPhone and Android