Microsoft brings Android apps on Windows 10 PCs

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14 Mar 2019

Now, use Android apps on your Windows PC: Here's how

After a long wait, Microsoft is adding the capability to use Android apps on Windows 10.

The Redmond giant has started testing the 'phone screen' feature of its 'Your Phone' app for Windows 10.

The feature will let you access apps from PC but is only available for Insider running the latest test build of Windows 10 at the moment.

Here's how it works.

Working

How phone screen works

How phone screen works

Last year, Microsoft debuted 'Your Phone' app as a way to access photos and messages directly from an Android device.

Then, in October, the company unveiled its 'Phone Screen' feature - a capability that allowed Windows 10 users to access their entire phone on PCs.

It mirrors the phone screen to Windows 10 and provides a list of apps to access directly.

So, basically, you could use apps without touching your phone

Simply put, the feature makes a range of apps accessible directly via PC. You could, for instance, launch Uber to book a cab or respond to a Snap without even touching your phone.

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Requirements

However, there are some basic requirements to use this feature

As the feature is still in the testing phase, people with the latest insider build of Windows 10 (build 1803 or newer) would only be able to use phone screen mirroring.

Microsoft also says that users would need a phone with Android 7.0 or newer and a PC with Bluetooth's Low Energy Peripheral mode to use this feature successfully.

Phones currently supported

In the current state, phone screen mirroring can work if you have Samsung's Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, S9, or S9 Plus and a supported PC. Microsoft has promised to expand the list of compatible devices and PCs, moving forward.

Embracing Android

Clearly, Microsoft is embracing Android now

Clearly, Microsoft is embracing Android now

Though there's no word on when we might see this feature in a stable build of Windows 10, the development clearly shows that Microsoft is gearing up to embrace Android.

Users have been asking for mobile apps on Windows for a long while and, with a feature like this, Microsoft is delivering it.

To note, ChromeOS already allows users to run Android apps.

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When this feature will come for everyone?

Will Microsoft offer support for other Android phones?

How to check if your PC supports Bluetooth Low Energy Peripheral Role

Will this feature work for Surface devices?

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When this feature will come for everyone?

Asked 2019-03-14 00:17:10 by Shreyas Chattopadhyay

Answered by NewsBytes

As of now, it is not exactly clear when this feature would be available for everyone.

Will Microsoft offer support for other Android phones?

Asked 2019-03-14 00:17:10 by Vishal Singh

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, Microsoft has said it will expand the list of supported devices in the future.

How to check if your PC supports Bluetooth Low Energy Peripheral Role

Asked 2019-03-14 00:17:10 by Ajay Sen

Answered by NewsBytes

You can check for support by heading over to the 'Properties' of 'Radio Driver' or 'Adapter for Bluetooth' in the device manager section of your Windows 10 PC.

Will this feature work for Surface devices?

Asked 2019-03-14 00:17:10 by Rishika Malik

Answered by NewsBytes

Surface Go will be the first device in the Surface lineup to preview this feature.

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