Remember when everyone wanted your phone and your laptop? Dell is finally throwing in the towel (via Windows Central).
Dell announced on a support page that it is discontinuing Mobile Connect, the program that syncs your phone’s text messages, calls, and notifications to your computer. While Dell will stop downloading for users in the US, Canada and Japan on November 30, it will no longer be available for use as of January 31, 2023. The service will shut down even earlier for users outside of these three countries, with downloads stopping on July 31 and a total shutdown on November 30.
Dell Mobile Connect – also known as Alienware Mobile Connect – made its debut in 2018 and would obviously work best with Dell laptops from 2018 or later. The program is compatible with both iPhone and Android phones, but it directly offered more features for Android devices, such as screen mirroring, which arrived on the Mobile Connect app for iPhone in 2020.
Microsoft offers a similar feature on Windows 10 and 11 PCs called Phone Link (formerly known as the Your Phone app). Phone Link does everything Mobile Connect does, allowing you to mirror notifications on your PC, take calls and texts, and transfer files. But the main difference is that Phone Link does not support iPhones, while Mobile Connect does.
If you’re into Mobile Connect, it seems like the possibilities aren’t going away forever. As noted by Windows CentralIntel actually bought the software behind Dell Mobile Connect, called Screenovate, in 2021. Intel already showed its plans to sync your PC with your Android, iPhone and smartwatch at CES 2022, and the ability is set to roll out to Intel Evo devices by the end of this year.