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Galaxy S20 series/One UI 2.1 gets new exciting DeX features via update

Samsung is launching a new DeX update for the Galaxy S20 series (One UI 2.1), introducing a few new exciting features designed to improve the user experience, such as mouse support for window snapping, and better multi-touchpad support in the DeX environment when connecting to an external display.

Window snapping was already an existing Samsung DeX feature but it worked only through keyboard shortcuts, by pressing the Windows key together with the left/right arrows on a physical keyboard. Now, DeX allows you to snap windows to the left or right side of the screen using your mouse, much like it works in Windows 10.

The ability to turn your smartphone into a touchpad when using DeX is not new, but the latest update improves this feature by adding 3 and 4 finger multi-touch support, thus opening up new possibilities with additional gestures. This feature can be found in Settings » Samsung DeX Settings » Mouse / Touchpad » Touchpad gestures.

Another big addition is the ability to create new Bixby Routines related to DeX. For example, you can set your phone to enter DND mode, or disable Bluetooth connectivity, whenever it’s running DeX.

A handful of minor bugs have also been addressed, one of which was causing the first letter to not register whenever a search term was introduced in the Apps screen using a physical keyboard.

The good news continues, as some Galaxy S20 owners might already have this new DeX update pre-loaded on their devices, according to Samsung’s DeX representative on the community forums. Otherwise, the update will continue to gradually roll-out to more units. Samsung will bring One UI 2.1 to additional flagships with a future update, including the Galaxy S9 / Note 9 and newer models, and the new DeX update will hopefully be included. These changes could also be a precursor to releasing the rumored DeX-powered Dexbook monitor.

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Sathyarajr
Sathyarajr

Dex keeps on crashing after the recent update while using note 9 along with windows 10

Gunter2
Gunter2

I had exactly the same issue after the Dex update with Note10 plus and my wife with her S9 plus. Try this. Uninstall Dex and then install the latest version directly from Samsung. It fixed the problem for both of us and hopefully it will for you too. 👍Good luck.

rodrigorlandi
rodrigorlandi

Sou usuário assíduo do modo Dex. Uso no meu tablet (Tab S4) e no meu smartphone (S9+) e simplesmente não tenho oq reclamar. Agora com as atualizações tenho certeza que a experiência ficará ainda melhor. Recomendo que quem tem um aparelho da linha S da Samsung (seja smartphone ou tablet) use o recurso. Vale ressaltar que o modo Dex é para que vc tenha um conforto maior usando as aplicações do seu aparelho com o auxílio de um mouse e teclado em um monitor ou TV. Da pra usar no PC também. Ele ainda não substitui 100% um computador. Eu… Read more »

Gunter2
Gunter2

Never thought I’d use Dex so much but absolutely love it. It’s a brilliant work tool.

jhs39
jhs39

Dex works so poorly I don’t know anyone who kept using it after the first week or two. And in case you think I’m just some Samsung hater the official Samsung Members App is filled with posts from Samsung device owners who have nothing positive to say about their experiences using Dex which is laggy, buggy, poorly coded and qualifies much more as a gimmick than as a genuinely useful feature.

rodrigorlandi
rodrigorlandi

Eu sou usuário Samsung e só tenho oque elogiar o modo Dex.
Uso tanto com meu smartphone quanto no meu tablet.
Sugiro a vc, para ter uma experiência melhor, conectar um mouse e teclado bluetooth.

Vale lembrar que nos tablets a partir do modelo Tab S4 o modo Dex pose ser usado diretamente no aparelho, não havendo a necessidade de conectar em um monitor ou TV.

tux21
tux21

I’m using DEX nearly every day and I’m very happy with this solution. It’s in use for coding, SSH access to my servers setings, TV watching, 3D print monitoring and internet browsing during the job. All this together in the same moment and butter smooth. Can’t understand how could be laggy for you, could you say more about what are you doing? Because I have an S8 which is the oldest device supporting DEX and it is fast same as my current setup workstation. I have openned about 30 Chrome pages, TV app, Juice SSH and still it could open… Read more »

Gunter2
Gunter2

I agree, it’s very smooth with no lag whatsoever. Maybe the laptop he is using is the problem. It’s certainly not Dex. Both myself and my wife are using it. We have quite new laptops however that should make no difference as Dex is using the phones processing power anyway.

karelnovak
karelnovak

Great updates! Also any news regarding to Windows on DeX or even wireless DeX?

WORMEYman
WORMEYman

Good news!

I would really love to see 4K support even if it’s only at 30 Hertz.

smileronline
smileronline

You can now use 4k resolution by installing Desktop Hub and using the Resolution override function