December 1, 2020
Windows 10 Your Phone App can Support Multiple Android Apps on Samsung Devices

Microsoft’s Your Phone App for Windows 10 can Now Run Multiple Android Apps, but There’s a Catch

Microsoft is experimenting with a new capability for the Your Phone app on Windows 10 — the power to run multiple Android apps at one time…

A limited group of Windows 10 testers who have the Your Phone app are now getting the power to run multiple Android apps on their desktop. However, this feature will only be available for Samsung smartphones within the foreseeable future.

Microsoft brought support for running Android apps to Your Phone back in September. At the time, the company promised the ability to run multiple mobile apps on the Windows 10 desktop would arrive before the end of 2020. That ability is now here, or a minimum of support for Windows Insiders (testers) is now rolling out, with general availability for everybody hopefully in the not-too-distant future.

Windows 10 Your Phone App can Support Multiple Android Apps on Samsung Devices

Testers must be running one of a select number of Samsung smartphones. (It doesn’t appear as if other handsets are going to be ready to enjoy these nifty features any time soon.)

When asked about support for other devices, Vishnu Nath, Partner Director of Program Management, Mobile and X-Device, at Microsoft, clarified that the Android app hook-up required a deeper level of hardware and software integration than other features in Your Phone.

So while this doesn’t rule out Microsoft eventually working with other phone manufacturers to offer their handset owners these advantages, it is unlikely to be happening any time soon.

William Boleys

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