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Now Your Phone allows you to open Android applications as windows

24 mayo, 2021

The ‘Your Phone’ application is one of the best that has happened to owners of computers with Windows 10 and Android terminals. In the absence of a complete ecosystem, Microsoft is integrating theirs increasingly better with Google’s, and in this sense, as a result of their collaboration with Samsung, they have announced that Android apps will be able to run on Windows 10 as a separate window. For this, it will be necessary, that yes, that our Android smartphone is linked to the system with ‘Your Phone’.

As is often the case with everything related to the app, the functionality will arrive first on Galaxy devices. In this case, it will do so for the recently introduced Samsung Galaxy Note 20. Other features debuted at Samsung and are already widely available, so It is likely that to see this function on any Android you will have to wait a long time, because Microsoft has not even confirmed that it will leave Samsung terminals.

What can we do in Windows 10 with this new function

Until now, Microsoft had announced that with Your Phone you could mirror from the screen of our Android smartphone, but the function only allowed us to see on our screen the same as on our smartphone. The new functionality allows much more than that, because regardless of what the smartphone shows on its screen, we can open applications that we have installed on it with dedicated Windows 10 windows.

Although they appear in Windows 10, our smartphone will be in charge of executing the process

Although Microsoft explains that support can be problematic in some applications, what it shows in animated GIFs is very promising. With the new function, user can run multiple smartphone apps at the same time, in separate windows. It’s something the Redmond company shows by running WhatsApp, Instagram, and Microsoft Sudoku in parallel.

From Your Phone we can go to the list of applications installed on our smartphone and, in addition to executing them directly, tWe can also anchor them to the taskbar and the Windows 10 Start menu as if they were native applications.

It remains to be seen if these applications will be able to see their modified window size beyond the vertical list of smartphones, since, for example, on Android tablets they do expand or stretch, and with Samsung DeX they are also able to adapt to interfaces “desktop“.

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Although in many cases it will be more interesting to look for a native application than to run an Android one, WhatsApp Web is not the same as WhatsApp, and Instagram for Windows 10 is not the same as Instagram for smartphones, so in cases like these it can be interesting resort to the version that we carry directly on our mobile.

Via | Windows Central