The application “Your phone” from Microsoft enables you to control the playback of music on a Android smartphone from the screen of your computer.
Given that after the failure of Windows Mobile, Microsoft no longer has an operating system for smartphones, the objective of the firm of Redmond is today to allow users of Android and iOS (at the limit of what is possible with Apple’s restrictions) to have smartphones synced with their computers in Windows 10. And among the tools that Microsoft provides to make the link between PC and smartphones, there is the application ” Your phone “.
This app allows you already control a lot of features of Android with a Windows-based computer 10, such as the ability to manage SMS, notifications, or calls. And now, if you listen to music on your Android smartphone, while working on a computer that is running Windows 10, you can control the music player without touching the smartphone.
A new feature that synchronizes your Android smartphone and your PC
As reported by the website Neowin, this feature is now available if you have the latest versions of the applications “Your phone” on Android (1.20051.113.0) and on Windows (1.20051.93.0). It would also be necessary to have a smartphone that uses at least Android 7.0 and a computer that uses at least Windows 10 with the update of October 2018.
Applications that are supported are Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Xiami Music and Google Podcast. The feature is activated in the application settings of Your phone on computer, and once it is done, and that you listen to music with a compatible app on your smartphone, a new player control should appear as in the screenshot below.
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The novelty of the synchronization between Android and Windows 10 was announced by Microsoft in April, but it was not yet available in the preview version of Windows 10. And obviously, today, it lands on the stable version of this synchronization mechanism.
“You can now access and control the applications that read audio from your phone directly in the app, without having to share your attention between the equipment or interrupting your work flow. Your audio tracks will remain in sync between your phone and your PC, and you can switch between multiple sources using the drop-down list of the player ” , explained the firm of Redmond.
Otherwise, as a reminder, Microsoft is currently preparing its first Android smartphone : the Surface Duo.