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Your Phone app built into the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+

What you need to know

  • Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ at Samsung Unpacked.
  • The new flagship devices will come preinstalled with Your Phone
  • Microsoft has pushed Your Phone and other Android apps on Samsung's phones increasingly over the last year.

Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ at Samsung Unpacked today. But it wasn't just Samsung's higher-ups that graced the stage. Microsoft's corporate Vice President, Shilpa Ranganathan, appeared, announcing several ways that the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ work with Microsoft's Android apps. Most notably, the flagship devices will come preinstalled with Your Phone.

Later during the event, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella came on stage to discuss the close partnership between Samsung and Microsoft. Microsoft also shared a blog post on the partnership.

Today, Microsoft showed an even bigger investment in the Your Phone app. The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ have Your Phone support built-in so users can easily connect their phone and PC. Your Phone syncs notifications, photos, and text messages from your phone to your PC. The Your Phone integration with the new Galaxy phones works with keyboard, mouse, and touch. Microsoft also announced that the ability to relay calls through the Your Phone app will be available later this year.

The press release for the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ outlines the integration of Your Phone and the new devices.

Link to Windows: Galaxy Note10 integrates Link to Windows directly into the Quick Panel. With one click, users can connect to their Windows 10 PC. There, they can see notifications, send and receive messages, and review recent photos without pausing to look down at their phone.

Microsoft has increased its efforts on Android over the last few years. Your Phone screen mirroring was initially tested exclusively on Samsung phones for Insiders. Microsoft is also expanding the Your Phone team of engineers.

Helpful headphone accessories

You'll get the most convenience out of your new smartphone if you have the proper accessories to go with it. Here are some that we recommend.

Kimwood USB-C Headphone Adapter (opens in new tab) ($12 at Amazon)

This simple dongle allows you to use your 3.5 mm wired headphones with any USB-C port. It's perfect for use with the Samsung Note 10 or 10+ smartphones.

Anker 10W Max (opens in new tab) ($16 at Amazon)

This case allows you to extend the battery life of your iPhone to a total of 25 hours while protecting it at the same time. The helpful design gives you access to the Lighting port while charging wirelessly so you can listen to music or make calls.

Tribit XFree Tune (opens in new tab) ($40 at Amazon)

This pair of wireless headphones gives you quality sound at a cheap price. They work for 40 hours before needing a recharge and have a comfortable design so you'll be able to use them for long stretches.

Sean Endicott
News Writer and apps editor

Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com (opens in new tab).

6 Comments
  • While I was watching this I was thinking know much better this would be if the apps scaled properly with screen size *cough* UWP *cough*
  • Ugliest phone since the Pixel 2 and 3.
  • With phone sales in a decline, especially high-end phone sales which are more in a "nosedive", I can see why companies like Samsung would want to latch onto a truly productive device, like a laptop, running a real OS.
  • The phone should be able to sign in and just sent stuff to your PC via a BTLE connection if close by. They need to just copy Apple. This is sloppy.
  • Personally, I find this whole "plus" and "non-plus" release thing kind of annoying. Why not just release one device? I mean, it's not like the Note 10+ is that much bigger than the Note 10. Samsung can and does release lower end mobile devices already so it's always annoying to see two very similar models of flagships. Apple does the same thing. Personally, if Samsung was to release multiple models, I'd say do multiple OSes. For instance, at some point in the possibly-likely-but-maybe-not-who-knows future, they could release ONE Note device, but it could be released in three different options: one running Android, one running Windows Core OS, and one running Tizen (assuming WCOS and Tizen are up to par by then). Just a thought. /end rant
  • Totally agree. Almost same size. Just a limited version to take in higher profit margins from people on the precipice of pricing barriers. They're almost the same price, but the disparities have huge implications (battery size, sd card slot, etc.).