On Windows 10, it will be possible to run Android applications (via a Samsung smartphone), and display it on a window.
It will be possible to launch the mobile version of WhatsApp on a Windows box. © Samsung
Having failed to make Windows 10 Mobile as popular as Android or iOS, Microsoft has decided to abandon the mobile operating system. And now, the firm of Redmond strives to provide features that allow smartphone users have devices synchronous with their Windows-based computers 10.
This effort of Microsoft is particularly interesting on Android, where the app on Your Phone allows you to handle SMS messages as well as notifications, or even make telephone calls using a computer. And thanks to a feature of screen miroring called a ” phone screen “, it is even possible to control the screen of a smartphone Android on Windows 10.
The screen mirroring is to display the contents of the screen of a smartphone on a computer, and allow the user to use the applications that are displayed.
Thanks to this feature, it is already possible to use Android apps on Windows 10. This is, for example, practice for a community manager who works on a computer, and wishes to use the application Instagram (it is necessary to use the mobile app to access all of the features). And this month of August, Microsoft has announced a better integration of Android apps on Windows 10.
Better access to Android apps on Windows 10
During the presentation of the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Microsoft has renewed its partnership with Samsung. And it has also introduced a feature that will allow running Android apps from Windows 10. When the connection between computer and smartphone is established, the user can open the application on Your Phone on Windows 10 and access a list of applications that can be run from the PC.
In addition, these Android applications may be used on separate windows of the application Your Phone, as if it were a Windows application. The user can even pin shortcuts to these apps for quick access. And later, with the Galaxy Note 20 or Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, it will even be possible to run multiple Android apps at the same time on Windows 10.
And if you don’t intend to buy one of these models, you’ll still be able to use this new feature from Microsoft on some Samsung smartphones. In effect, the firm of Redmond has announced the test in preview (on a version of Windows 10 to test the new features) of that ability to run Android apps on Windows 10. Unfortunately, the list of supported devices during this test only includes models from Samsung, as the Galaxy S20, the Galaxy A51 or the Galaxy A41.
Otherwise, as a reminder, Microsoft is currently developing its first Android smartphone : the Surface Duo.