Microsoft Surface Debuts Supercharged Android Experience

Microsoft is working on another small step to tie itself to your smartphone. The ‘Your Phone’ application in Windows 10 provides connectivity to your Android phone, with features including syncing messages, photos and notifications.

This content mirroring enjoyed by many is set to be joined by screen mirroring, allowing your smartphone’s screen to pop up on your Windows desktop, with the Surface Go the first Surface device to offer support.

Microsoft's Your Phone and screen mirroring (image: Microsoft's Windows Blog)

Microsoft’s Your Phone and screen mirroring (image: Microsoft’s Windows Blog)(Microsoft’s Windows Blog)

Your Phone was packaged into Windows 10 during last October’s update, with a companion app available for your Android phone through the Google Play store. Although streaming was demonstrated, it has not been available for testing until now. The streaming update to Your Phone is part of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18356. Dona Sarkar and Brandon Le Blanc lay out the changes in the Windows Blog:

We are excited to provide an early preview into the newest feature for the Your Phone app – phone screen. You can now mirror your Android phone’s screen directly on your PC without having to dig for your phone.

The new phone screen feature gives you easy access to your phone apps on your PC. Whether scheduling a ride to the airport or checking your social updates, do it with ease from the comfort of your PC without having to take your phone out of your bag or go back and forth between devices. Go ahead, give your thumbs a break, and get things done faster with your keyboard and mouse.

As you can see, Microsoft is rolling out the new screen mirroring feature slowly, with only a small subset of users able to currently take advantage of it. You need to be part of the Windows Insider program; you need to be using Samsung’s Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, S9, or S9 Plus; and you need to be running Your Phone on a Windows 10 device with BlueTooth LE. For those keeping it inside the Microsoft family, the Surface Go will be the first Surface device to allow testing of this feature.

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