November 25, 2020
Windows 10 PCs Now Support Some Android Apps

It’s Now Possible to Use Android Apps on Windows 10 PCs — Sort Of

Microsoft is now slowly rolling out a new update to its Your Phone app that lets people run select Android apps on their Windows 10 PCs…

A new update to Microsoft’s Your Phone app will give users the ability to run certain Android apps on Windows 10 PCs. The capabilities first appeared in the Your Phone app back in August, which allowed some Android Phones to pair with PCs inside a separate windows outside the Your Phone app. It expanded to more people in the Windows Insider build 20185 for users on the Dev ring. Now, all PCs with the October 2018 Update, version 1809 or newer have access.

Windows 10 PCs Now Support Some Android Apps

Microsoft’s Your Phone app now lets people run Android mobile phone apps right on a Windows 10 PC. It’s possible to pin favorites to the Taskbar or Start menu, which will launch in a separate window. Brandon LeBlanc, a senior program manager on the Microsoft Windows Insider team explains:

“So, whether you need to quickly reply to a conversation, respond to your social posts, or order food, you can do it fast using your PC’s large screen, keyboard, mouse, pen and touch screen alongside your other PC apps.”

Right now, the feature is only available on Samsung Galaxy phones from its S and A series families. Plus, supported phones must be running Android 9 or later. Of course, both the phone and PC must be connected to the same WiFi network.

William Boleys

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