Windows 10 now lets you control music playing on Android

Your Phone app music bar

Microsoft is eager to tie your Windows 10 to your smartphone.
With a new update to its Your Phone app, Microsoft says you can
finally control music playing on your Android-powered phone
directly from your computer. The ‘Your Phone’ app now allows
you to get your media controls from your phone right on your
PC.

The Your Phone app was announced with Windows 10 October 2018
Update and it allows easy sharing of photos, calls and files
between a smartphone and your PC. Your Phone app originally
allowed users to send web pages from a phone to the PC, where
users can open the web page immediately in the browser for
later use.

Microsoft says it’s working on yet another new feature for Your
Phone app, which could enable the app to show what music is
playing on Android 7+ phone.

Additionally, you will have the ability to play, pause or skip
songs, and view the album. As per Microsoft, the feature
supports both music and audio apps on Android and your tracks
will remain in sync between your phone and PC.

Music controls in Your Phone

There’s also a dropdown menu in the music player within the
Your Phone app to let you switch between multiple music
sources/apps. Additionally, the preview window of the app in
the taskbar also shows playback buttons.

Android apps such as Spotify, Google Play Music, YouTube Music,
Amazon Prime Music, Pandora and other popular apps with media
control support will work with Your Phone app.

Microsoft says that the feature is gradually rolling out and it
will show up in the Your Phone app next month.

To use the feature, you’ll need a PC with October 2018 Update
or newer and smartphone with Android 7 or newer.

The feature is still being actively developed and Microsoft
could soon implement other media-related controls including the
option use the PC as a speaker.

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