For many, the ability to carry a single device around but use it in multiple ways is a dream and it has become a reality in the past few years.
Not many people know that Android 10 has set up a basic “desktop mode” that isn’t used by many, but LG is taking advantage of it as it updates devices.
Spotted by Juan Carlos Bagnell, and further highlighted by XDA-Developers, LG introduces Android’s desktop mode to some of its previous smartphones. For example, the LG V50 ThinQ has recently been updated to Android 10, and this brings with it the underused feature. Right now we’re not sure if the LG G8 or LG G7 One, both of which have been updated to 10, also offer this function.
What is Desktop Mode for Android? If you’ve heard about the DeX feature of Samsung, this is essentially an integrated version of it. The phone asks you to switch to desktop mode when plugging an Android phone with this feature onto a monitor via an HDMI adapter. As the image below shows, this desktop mode is better optimized for larger displays with resizable windows and a different layout for apps.
It’s important to note that LG does make an effort to clean up Android’s desktop mode and make it more user-friendly. The native Android feature is still in its early stages but to improve it, LG has made modifications.
What’s in store for desktop mode at LG? Apparently, much. David Ruddock, of Android Police, posted on Twitter that LG is planning to bundle a monitor with a future V-Series smartphone to take advantage of Desktop mode.
To view this as anything set in stone is far too early, but if real, it is definitely an interesting concept for LG. After all, the company is betting on “wow factor” to turn its flailing smartphone division around. Just remember to take a pinch of salt on things. Plans can change quickly.