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Motorola Is Planning On Adding a Desktop UI to Future Phones

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Plugging a phone into a PC monitor and getting a more mouse and key friendly UI with enhanced "large screen" display features is not an unusual concept for Motorola. Being one of the first smart phone manufactures to push this idea back in 2011, Motorola has reentered the desktop UI market market after that failed venture.  

Samsung, LG, and Huawei already have desktop UI setups that are doing okay in the market and seeing Motorola enter with it's often budget line of phones may help build the market even more.  While we do not have a name for this software yet but it is rumored to utilize a lot of Android's new features that already help expand the OS to larger devices.  Hopefully this means a smooth and light system that even Motorola's lower tier phones can pull off.  PC Mag has published a leaked image of the desktop environment and at first glace it may be may favorite of the current competitors as it appears more "Windows like" instead of like a Chromebook (whose UI is not particularly nice in my opinion).


Unfamiliar with desktop UI programs like Samsung's Dex?  Well you are not the only one as they are not a commonly used service and only available in flagship phones at this time.  In the past they required fancy and often expense docks to work, but now all it take is pulling your phone into a monitor via a USB cable and you are off to a very ChromeOS style experience.  The phone can then be used as a touch pad or you can simply use a mouse and keyboard for a much friendly input and utilize your phone and it's apps like a PC.  This is extremely handy when traveling or even for people who work solely off their phones.  However, it is not all bells and whistles as due to its low usage, most apps are simply not designed for this interface and the benefit of the larger screen is often lost.  Microsoft and Google apps do fairly well, but it is hard to find others that even try to utilize the extra screen room and hopefully a large budget line of phones can help change that.

A TV mode has also been announced with the desktop mode appears to be very well organized by separating streaming services and games like on a Android TV.  However, we do not have much information on how other apps will be handled or even how well the apps themselves will adapt to the large screen layout.  We also lack information on how connections will work and if docks or custom cables will be required.  It is safe to assume some type of Motorola device will be released to help with connections as most TVs do not utilize USB C display inputs.

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