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Your Phone Companion adds 'Link to Windows' on the Google Play Store

Your Phone Companion Android
Your Phone Companion Android (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Your Phone Companion now has the phrase "LInk to Windows" on its app listing.
  • Your Phone Companion is now the #5 free app on Android (US).
  • Your Phone Companion will be natively integrated into the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+.
  • Samsung and Microsoft used the phrase "link to Windows" often when referring to Your Phone at Galaxy Unpacked.

Microsoft's Your Phone app has a new addition to its listing on the Google Play Store. Its listing is now titled "Your Phone Companion - Link to Windows" (via WindowsUnited). The addition of "Link to Windows" helps users understand the purpose of the application and probably improves the ease of searching for the app. Looking up "Your Phone" on a search engine or the Google Play Store reveals quite a few results.

The Your Phone Companion app received some buzz earlier this week at Galaxy Unpacked. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ will natively integrate with Your Phone Companion, and Microsoft announced that several new features will arrive later this year. Most notably, users will be able to relay phone calls through the Your Phone app. When Microsoft and Samsung referred to Your Phone at Galaxy Unpacked, both companies frequently used the phrase "link to Windows." This addition to the Google Play Store listing reflects that emphasis.

Finally, it is worth noting that in the U.S. Your Phone Companion is now the #5 free download app for Android, just behind Adobe Acrobat but ahead of Google Docs. That news suggests the Samsung-bump is a real thing.

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Sean Endicott
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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).

9 Comments
  • Are the Note 10 units that are coming pre-loaded with Your Phone included in the Google Play Store rankings?
  • It'll probably make a difference when the phones go through the initial set-up, but I'm not sure it does right now.
  • Where did it rank before the "Samsung bump?"
  • Well, they finally got it right. They had me doubting them for a while there - MS's handling of SMS syncing was a total mess. To the skeptical commenters above: try to imagine for a moment just how many Galaxy Note 10/10+'s there are in the US - including ones on store shelves and in warehouses - compared to the total number of Android smartphones. I don't think an unreleased ultra premium phone with the app preloaded is going to move the numbers much.
  • Now, if they could just add receive and make phone calls on your PC, they will be on par with Dell's phone to PC connect app.
  • I believe that will be coming
  • They announced the relaying phone calls is coming later this year.
  • They need more than that. I barely tall o the phone. Many people dont. They message, mostly, and that's offloaded from SMS for most people (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc.). Microsoft needs Continuity and Handoff, like Apple, but I dont think they'll be able to pull it off without developing their own phone. Currently, it requires too much bloatware app installs, and a complete launcher change (for Timeline, etc.). Starting to wonder if I should invest in a Chromebook and switch services - if not go back to the iPhone. This stuff hits you hard when you give it up and realize just how much you had grown accustomed to using it. Your Phone doing photos makes no sense. Microsoft needs to polish up its photo backup experience. The Raw OneDrive method they have now works on a basic level, but is trash compared to Apple and Google Photos. I also think its time they remove the subscription from Office Mobile apps. The native options on Android and iOS are too good to ask for a subscription for smartphone apps. Office needs Google Drive support on desktop, as well. It's hard to do any collaboration because so many people are now skipping it in favor of Google - or just using iWorks... cause it... works, well enough for their needs. I'll also never use this due to that awful persistent notification, and it probably necessitates a Microsoft Account login on your PC...
  • Microsoft really has no consumer ecosystem to speak of. No music streaming, photo, maps, or mobile platform. No TV, car, or wearables. No smart speakers or other home automation products. They really have nothing and no chance for a future for such consumer products. Why bother sticking around at all?
    Google is becoming too powerful monopoly in the coming years.