Windows 10 copy and paste could soon cozy up to Android
Microsoft's Cloud Clipboard could soon extend to Android phones through Microsoft SwiftKey.
What you need to know
- Microsoft Swiftkey could soon sync its clipboard with Windows 10.
- Some Android phones can already sync their clipboard with Windows 10 through the Your Phone app.
- The features appears to be in testing based on recent leaks.
Microsoft has spent some time bringing together Windows 10 and Android devices. Now, based on recent leaks, it seems that people will be able to sync their clipboard between the devices through Microsoft SwiftKey. Leaker and mobile developer Alessandro Paluzzi recently shared a tweet showing off the potential feature.
Windows 10 already supports a Cloud Clipboard function that allows you to sync your keyboard between different Windows 10 PCs. To access that feature, press WIN+V. Microsoft appears to be testing a feature that would connect this functionality with Android phones through Microsoft SwiftKey.
#Microsoft is working on the possibility of sync the #SwiftKey keyboard clipboard history to the cloud 👀 pic.twitter.com/XckRYnYkHE#Microsoft is working on the possibility of sync the #SwiftKey keyboard clipboard history to the cloud 👀 pic.twitter.com/XckRYnYkHE— Alessandro Paluzzi (@alex193a) October 9, 2020October 9, 2020
Select Android phones already support cross-device copy and paste, but the functionality is limited to a small subset of devices like the Samsung Galaxy S20. On those devices, the feature works through Microsoft's Your Phone app.
When cross-device copy and paste was announced for specific phones, many complained online. Roberto Bojorquez, the group program manager over Your Phone, explained why the feature is exclusive to specific hardware. Bojorquez explained that accessing a phone's clipboard requires special OEM permission. At this time, it's unclear if integration with Microsoft SwiftKey could make this functionality work without special OEM permission.
While some online state that this feature appears in Microsoft SwiftKey Beta, we have not seen the option on our devices yet.
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