Microsoft’s Your Phone app for Windows 10 allows Android users
to access their phone features like calls, messages and music
playback right from a PC. At Samsung’s Unpacked event,
Microsoft announced a major update for the Your Phone app,
which will finally allow you to stream your Android apps to a
Windows 10 PC.
Windows 10’s Android app streaming support, which is a step
further from the Phone Screen feature, is available only for
Samsung Galaxy owners users.
Microsoft has now confirmed that the Surface Duo can also
stream apps to Windows 10 PCs, just like the Galaxy Note20 and
other Samsung phones. This will allow Surface Duo and Samsung
owners to launch multiple Android apps and run them alongside
UWP and Win32 apps for Windows 10.
Surface Duo is the first non-Samsung Android device to support
Android apps streaming on Windows 10.
Microsoft is actively working with Samsung to enable streaming
support on more devices. For now, only the Surface Duo and
Samsung’s select phones are supported, but the feature could
expand to include devices from other manufacturers as well.
In future, Windows 10’s Android apps streaming is also expected
to work with phones from other manufacturers, but that hasn’t
yet been officially confirmed.
As far as we understand, Samsung and Microsoft are using a
special driver, which is baked into the phone’s firmware, to
enable Android apps streaming over Wi-Fi. In other words,
Windows 10 Your Phone’s app new feature requires assistance
from OEMs and it won’t arrive on non-Samsung phones anytime.
In the meantime, if you have a supported Samsung phone, make
sure you join the Release Preview Channel of the Windows
Insider Program and give it a try.