What you need to know
- Microsoft's Your Phone app will receive a refreshed design on Windows 11.
- The design was shown off briefly during Microsoft's Surface hardware event earlier this year.
- The update moves the notifications center to the left panel of the app and brings the pages for messages, calls, apps, and photos to the top.
During its Surface hardware event, Microsoft briefly showed off an updated look for its Your Phone app. Microsoft refreshed several apps for Windows 11, including the Snipping Tool and the Photos app. It appears that the Your Phone app is getting similar treatment
The Your Phone app allows people to connect their smartphone with their PC. It can show notifications, be used to make phone calls, and can mirror apps from supported devices. Your Phone's update brings the notification center to the left panel of the app.
Did you spot 👀our new @MSYourPhone app UX in the #SurfaceDuo2 #MicrosoftEvent today? We can't wait to get this out to you soon so you can try the BEST cross device experience between #Android and #Windows11 https://t.co/95HhhZDnTDDid you spot 👀our new @MSYourPhone app UX in the #SurfaceDuo2 #MicrosoftEvent today? We can't wait to get this out to you soon so you can try the BEST cross device experience between #Android and #Windows11 https://t.co/95HhhZDnTD— Vishnu Nath 📱📱💻📲⌨️🚀 (@VishnuNath) September 22, 2021September 22, 2021
The teased update shows a navigation bar at the top of the Your Phone app. This allows people to jump between the pages for messages, photos, apps, and calls.
Overall, the design appears to fit in with Windows 11, which ships on October 5, 2021.
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I find the current layout to be pretty good and I hope the tinkering isn't at the expense of usability. That said it does look nice. As an aside, just today I noticed that Your Phone now shows the phone settings toggles (DND, Bluetooth, sound, and music control) plus wifi and cellular strength information, as you guys at WC showed was in some beta release a couple months ago. I particularly like being able to turn BT on and off from my computer rather than having to open up the phone.
I've had those toggles on my desktop system, which is in the Release Preview channel, for what feels like several months now and just got it on my work machine a couple of days ago. Nice to have parity again.
I noticed in the video that it was showing apps from the Duo. That will be a welcome advance. Currently, I think direct app support (outside the screen share) only works for certain Samsung phones. Very glad that's coming to Your Phone with the Duo too.
This is a all out assault on Samsung. Microsoft is stealing Samsung's idea by trying to bypass bringing Android apps to w11 at launch by direct streaming the apps from its hardware!!!
Did you think 'remote desktop' into an Android device was going to stay exclusive to Samsung devices forever.
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