Earlier this month, it was announced that the Windows 10 Your
Phone app will allow owners of Samsung handsets and Surface Duo
to run Android apps within the operating system.
The Your Phone app currently comes with the most important
functions of a phone, including access to your messages,
notifications, calls, photos, and you can even view your mobile
device’s home screen.
The addition of Android apps streaming will make the already
useful Your Phone app even better.
While the Your Phone app’s functionality is essentially
complete, you still need to mix and match the hardware
configurations to get the most of Your Phone. For example, this
new Android apps streaming feature is currently available for
select Samsung phones and upcoming Surface Duo only.
Over the weekend, Microsoft started rolling out the new Your
Phone app update with Android apps streaming support to
everyone with a supported handset. Non-Insiders can finally get
their hands on the new Android apps streaming feature from
Microsoft, but there’s a catch – you need a supported Samsung
Your Phone’s app streaming feature is surprisingly simple and
effective, and it’s much faster than the other solutions, such
as similar emulators.
Microsoft confirmed that the feature is available for the
following Samsung phones:
- Galaxy Note 9, Note10, Note10+,
- Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S9+, S10, S10+, Lite
- Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, Galaxy S20 Ultra.
- Galaxy Fold, XCover Pro, ZFlip.
- Galaxy A8s.
Galaxy A30s, A31, A40, A41, A50,
A50s, A51, A60, A70, A70s.
- Galaxy A71, A71 5G, A80, A90s, A90
If you have a supported phone, you should definitely try out
the apps streaming feature. It’s a great tool and it also
means that you don’t have to take your phone out of your pocket
when you want to access Android apps when using your PC.
In addition, the integration also allows users to pin Android
apps to the taskbar and Start Menu. You can also access the
notifications directly from the Action Center.
It’s worth noting that
Your Phone app streaming support may come to other
smartphones from other manufacturers in future, but there’s
a catch – the feature currently requires phone makers, such as
OnePlus or Google, to work with Microsoft and enable the
integration in the phone firmware itself.