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 ($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 ($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 ($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.
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