What you need to know
- Microsoft is now testing Android app streaming on Windows 10 with the Your Phone app for Insiders.
- You can open your phone's apps in their own windows, and even pin them to your taskbar.
- The feature appears to be ready for testing among all Insiders.
One of the most interesting announcements to come out of Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked event for Windows fans today was the reveal of Android app streaming in the Your Phone app for Windows 10. Now, Windows Insiders can start testing the feature ahead of its future rollout.
Microsoft announced that testing is starting for Android app streaming in its blog post for the latest Dev Channel Insider build. What's more, it appears it's not just limited to Insiders in the Dev channel. That means Insiders in the Beta and Release Preview channels can likely start testing starting today as well.
@VishnuNath can correct me if I am wrong but this isn't specifically tied to today's Dev Channel build which is why we slotted this under "Other updates for Insiders".@VishnuNath can correct me if I am wrong but this isn't specifically tied to today's Dev Channel build which is why we slotted this under "Other updates for Insiders".— Brandon LeBlanc (@brandonleblanc) August 5, 2020August 5, 2020
Later this year, Microsoft says it plans to let Samsung Galaxy Note 20 users "experience the power and convenience of running multiple apps side by side." The feature will eventually make its way to "additional devices" as well.
Here's a list of the key features for "Apps" in Your Phone, from Microsoft:
- See a list of your installed Android apps directly within the Your Phone app.
- Add your frequently used apps to the favorites section or search among your apps for even quicker access.
- Launch any mobile app directly from your PC.
- Apps and your mirrored phone screen launch in a separate window on your PC.
- Pin your mobile apps to Windows Task bar or Start menu.
- Stay in the know by keeping an eye on the app notification badging (unread notifications) in the All apps list or your Favorites.
Phones that support Your Phone's Phone screen feature can start testing the "Apps" feature in Your Phone today. Currently, that list only includes Samsung phones with Link to Windows.
The Note that does it all
Samsung's Galaxy Note is always an exciting phone to look forward to, and this year, we have the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. This is a phone that has everything you could want in a 2020 flagship — such as a Snapdragon 865+ processor, 120Hz display, powerful cameras, and more. It's not a cheap phone by any means, but you certainly get what you pay for.
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So it doesn't only work on the Note 20? - "Phones that support Your Phone's Phone screen feature can start testing the "Apps" feature in Your Phone today. Currently, that list only includes Samsung phones with Link to Windows."
Use scrcpy. It does the same thing but works on any Android phone thats above 5.0.
OK, so while Google is trying to bring Windows apps to Chrome OS, Microsoft is trying to bring Android apps to Windows. Interesting times.
And it points to the possibility of a Windows Phone running Android applications.
not seeing it? What do I need to set this up?
Do you have a Samsung phone with the Link To Windows feature?
Not working on my S9+ yet
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