Microsoft now allows Windows 10 users to run Android apps along with the Windows Applications – on a PC. This feature builds upon the mirroring that Microsoft’s Your Phone app already provides. It is available as a new feature in Your Phone for Windows 10 testers. Android apps can be accessed from Microsoft’s Your Phone app and will run in a separate window outside of the Your Phone app.
This new Android App Support also allows Windows 10 users to multitask with other Windows apps with alt+tab. These apps can also be pinned to the Windows 10 taskbar or Start Menu. The ability to launch apps directly means that you no longer have to search on a mirrored experience of your phone. You can run them as if they were regular Windows Apps.
Microsoft had announced this with Samsung Galaxy’s Note 20 launch earlier today. Microsoft also says that it is working with Samsung to bring this feature to other devices. Windows 10 users won’t be able to access this feature until later this year.
Not all android apps will work seamlessly with this new feature; however, many of them have been working fine. Well, Microsoft warns that some may block the ability to cast to other screens producing a black screen instead. Some apps and games will also not respond to keyboard or mouse – others may even play audio from your phone.
So, anyone who is interested in trying out the new Your Phone apps feature, will need a Samsung device. Microsoft has a list of all support Android devices. But, for now, this feature works best on only Samsung devices. Well, users will also need to opt into Windows Insider Testing. You can opt in to the Release Preview ring to avoid testing full Windows 10 builds. This will give users access to Your Phone Apps preview before it rolls out publicly.
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