If you are a Windows 10 user who also carries a modern Samsung Android phone, then now is your best time to be alive (ignore the global pandemic for some moment).
Recently Microsoft, in partnership with Samsung, announced a new Windows feature that would allow the Samsung Galaxy users to use their Android apps on Windows 10 operating systems, right beside the Windows applications. Samsung confirms the collaboration with a tweet.
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Many of the Android and Windows 10 users may know about the Your Phone App of Windows 10, which lets you mirror your Android phone on Windows 10. Till now, this app gives you all your phone’s notifications, allows you to make calls and text from your PC, and view photos, but does not give the opportunity of using your phone’s app on Windows.
With the recent announcement, Your Phone app is upgraded for the Samsung users, and they will soon be able to use their Android apps on the Windows 10 PC or laptop.
How will it Work?
When a user will launch any app, it will open in a separate window—thus allowing multiple Android apps to run at once and making multitasking easier. However, the ability to use multiple apps side by side will roll out in November month. Further, you don’t even have to sign-in separately on the PC if you are already on your phone. This eliminates the hassle of signing in multiple times and maintains the workflow.
However, Microsoft also pointed out that since the feature is on its initial stage, some apps, especially the games, won’t work smoothly. Some applications which are not built for casting may show you a black screen on PC. Many games do not support the PC’s keyboard and mouse. So, they won’t work either.
That is why the feature is currently just for the Windows 10 Insider users. These are the essential requirements to take advantage of this feature:
- Users must be a Windows 10 Insider.
- Modern Samsung Galaxy phone with Android version 9 (Pie) or later. [Full list of the supported device is in the next section].
- Windows 10 October 2018 version or later.
List of Supported Device
Here is the list of Samsung Galaxy Android devices that would support the new feature of Microsoft’s Your Phone app.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- Samsung Galaxy S9
- Samsung Galaxy S9+
- Samsung Galaxy Note10
- Samsung Galaxy Note10+
- Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite
- Samsung Galaxy Fold
- Samsung Galaxy S10
- Samsung Galaxy S10+
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite
- Samsung Galaxy S10e
- Samsung Galaxy A8s
- Samsung Galaxy A30s
- Samsung Galaxy A31
- Samsung Galaxy A40
- Samsung Galaxy A41
- Samsung Galaxy A50
- Samsung Galaxy A50s
- Samsung Galaxy A51
- Samsung Galaxy A60
- Samsung Galaxy A70
- Samsung Galaxy A70s
- Samsung Galaxy A71
- Samsung Galaxy A71 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A80
- Samsung Galaxy A90s
- Samsung Galaxy A90 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20
- Samsung Galaxy S20+
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy Fold
- Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
How will this feature benefit you?
This collaborative feature can do wonder if used smartly. Many users require both their phone’s apps and desktop’s apps for their work. This feature will highly enhance their work efficiency. Many people use emulators to run Android apps and games on their Windows 10 systems. Running an emulator requires a high RAM usage that can profoundly impact the other Windows resources’ running. But, now running the Android apps will eliminate the requirement of emulators.
Let’s hope Microsoft will soon roll out this feature for all other Android users too.
Peter is an Electrical Engineer whose primary interest is tinkering with his computer. He is passionate about Windows 10 Platform and enjoys writing tips and tutorials about it.