Microsoft brings Android smartphones and Windows computers even closer with new features, this time in the area of Android applications.
With its Your Phone application, Microsoft already offers the best solution to be able to access your Android smartphone from a Windows PC. Even wireless screen mirroring is possible, but by no means the end of the flagpole. Microsoft is now announcing a major update that will initially only be available to Windows Insiders. But hopefully soon for everyone.
Use Android Apps from Smartphone on Windows PC
In the future, the Your Phone application will be able to duplicate individual applications on our Android smartphone on the PC. This means that our smartphone applications can be used in a personalized way directly on the computer. You can even “integrate” these applications into Windows, they start in their own windows for optimal multitasking.
“You don’t have to install, register or configure your applications on your PC, saving you time and trouble. You can conveniently pin your favorite mobile apps to your PC’s system tray or start menu for quick and easy access. When you start an app, it opens in a separate window outside of the Your Phone app so you can multitask. “
- You can find a list of your installed Android applications directly in the Your Phone application.
- Add your frequently used applications to the favorites area or search your applications for even faster access.
- Launch any mobile application directly from your PC.
- Your mirrored phone screen and applications will launch in a separate window on your PC.
- Attach your mobile apps to the Windows taskbar or start menu.
- Stay up-to-date by looking at the app’s notification badge (unread notifications) in the All apps list or in your favorites.
Unfortunately with several restrictions.
Microsoft once again shows Google how closely Chromebooks need to be connected to Android smartphones. However, there are currently downsides, the “Phone Screen” is initially only available for Samsung smartphones (see device list). With Samsung’s new flagship smartphones, you should even be able to open multiple Android apps at the same time.
The Your Phone app, or the link to Windows, shouldn’t be missing on any Android smartphone if you’re also using a Windows PC.
The application could not be found in the App Store. 🙁
via the Microsoft Blog