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Here are some of the new DeX features on the Galaxy S20

By Ng Chong Seng - on 27 Mar 2020, 10:23am

Here are some of the new DeX features on the Galaxy S20

(Image: Samsung website.)

According to this Samsung community post in Korea, Samsung DeX — a feature that lets you extend your Galaxy mobile device into a desktop-like experience by hooking it up to a monitor, keyboard and mouse — has a few new features supported by the Galaxy S20 series.

Here are the three big ones:

1.) Snap Assist-like split screen feature using a mouse

In Windows 10, you can snap a window to one-half of the screen by dragging it to the edge. You can do the same with DeX now: just grab the header bar of an app and pull it to either edge of your screen. The existing keyboard method (Windows key + left or right arrow key) is still available.

You can now use the mouse to divide and snap apps to the sides of the screen. (Image: Samsung DeX community.)

2.) Using the phone as a multi-touch trackpad

When the S20 is connected to an external display such as a monitor or TV, the phone screen can now be used as a multi-touch trackpad. By default, a 3-finger touch will activate the back action and a 4-finger touch will bring up the apps. You can change these default gestures in the settings.

3.) New DeX-related Bixby Routines

If you use Bixby Routines, there are new DeX-related parameters you can set. One example given is that you can have a routine that automatically turns on Bluetooth and Do Not Disturb mode when DeX is running (and reverses the actions when the session ends).

Finally, the updated DeX software also comes with the usual unspecified bug fixes and minor improvements. One known annoyance that’s fixed is that the search box in the Apps screen now properly recognises the first letter that you type on the keyboard. Before this, it always picked up from the second letter onwards.

Source: Samsung DeX community (via SamMobile).