Microsoft integrates Android apps into Windows 10 with new Your Phone update

Joanna Estrada
August 6, 2020

Microsoft continues to forge closer ties between Windows and Samsung products. Users will be able to launch multiple Android apps directly on Windows 10 PC when connected to Samsung smartphones via Your Phone app. The ability to launch apps directly from Your Phone means you no longer have to search around on a mirrored experience of your phone, you can simply pin your favorite Android apps to the taskbar and run them as if they're regular Windows apps.

Samsung and Microsoft also showed off additional capabilities that bring the two companies closer together. The ability to run mobile apps within Windows 10 without the need for an emulator or complicated software is something of a dream for many people, but there is a danger that it is a luxury that might only be afforded to Samsung customers. The company announced Wednesday that users who pair Windows' Your Phone app with a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will be able to pin one or more Android apps to their Windows taskbar.

Last but not least, Samsung's partnership with Microsoft extends to Xbox, with Samsung offering the Xbox Game Pass with cloud gaming on its Galaxy App Store.

Samsung Galaxy Note20 users can now access a single mobile app on their PC, with the power and convenience of running multiple apps side by side available later this year.

What is clear, though, is that Samsung and Microsoft have grown increasingly closer. Once Microsoft's Windows Phone ambitions died, the company turned to third-party phones, and especially Android.

Meanwhile, Microsoft's Your Phone has been the bridge between the Windows PC and the Android phone. This is different from the existing Your Phone "Phone Screen" feature that mirrors your smartphone screen on your Windows 10 PC.

"When you launch an app, it opens in a separate window, allowing you to multi-task and saving you the time and hassle of sign-in or set up". That function, however, has struggled to expand beyond a limited number of devices that support it, including some OnePlus and Android phones. "You will also be able to sync Samsung Reminders from your Galaxy Note20 to your Windows 10 PC across Microsoft To Do, Outlook and Microsoft Teams experiences, so you can view and edit from anywhere, keeping your reminders aligned across your phone, PC and apps", explained Mehdi. These new announcements seem to continue that trend.

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