Windows 10 update will make Android apps feel more natural on PCs

Windows 10’s Your Phone app has been a powerful tool for users
with an Android phone and it comes with a wide range of
features. The app was first launched as a simple companion
software for mobile devices, but it has only gotten more useful
after recent updates.

In some of its most recent updates, “Your Phone” has enabled
support for Android apps and screen mirroring. The streaming
support allows you to run Android apps on Windows 10 over WiFi
and Bluetooth, and the overall experience is better than
traditional emulators.

This functionality first arrived on select Samsung smartphones
and it’s now getting better with the ability to run
multiple Android apps simultaneously.

Microsoft engineer has now confirmed that a future update will
also allow users to resize the window of the Android apps.

Multiple Android apps

Currently, when you stream Android apps to Windows 10, they
open in a portrait-style phone-shaped window. In near future,
some apps will dynamically adapt their UI when you resize the
window. Eventually, you’ll be able to launch apps in full
screen too.

The experience could be similar to Windows Phone’s Continuum or
Samsung Dex.

Windows 10 Android apps teaser

For example, if you open Outlook for Android or Office for
Android, both apps will soon expand to include additional
information if available and supported.

This feature will also allow properly-written apps to use
Windows 10’s traditional square window shape instead of
emulator-like phone layout.

As you can see in the above screenshot posted
by Microsoft, it’s a great sneak peek at how nice it can be to
run mobile apps in resizable windows.

However, there’s still room for improvements.

For example, users are still required to own a flagship Samsung
phone to use apps streaming functionality. This is because
the implementation requires OS-level integration and Microsoft
has worked with Samsung to enable it on Galaxy phones, but we
don’t know if and when Microsoft will collab with other mobile
manufacturers.

“Most of our features work on the broader Android set of
devices. This specific feature, however, requires a deeper
level device/OS integration and we worked directly with Samsung
to make this possible,” wrote Microsoft engineer Vishnu Nath
when a user asked about support for other phones.

The integration uses WiFi direct and custom drivers to stream
Android apps, but it also requires a Bluetooth connection to
your phone for initial pairing, which could be a problem for
custom-built desktops.

If you don’t own a flagship Samsung phone or your PC doesn’t
have modern Bluetooth for whatever reason, you won’t be able to
run Android apps on Windows 10 anytime soon.

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