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Android apps are now available on Windows 10 for Windows Insiders

Published Mar 12th, 2019 6:04PM EDT
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Microsoft might lack a mobile OS of its own, but that doesn’t mean the company is ignoring smartphones and tablets. The software maker is behind several popular mobile apps for iPhone and Android, and even sells select Android handsets in its stores. In the future, Windows 10 users will also be able to enjoy Android apps on their laptops and desktops, as Microsoft has started testing the Your Phone feature it first teased a few months ago.

According to The Verge, Microsoft’s update for the Your Phone Windows 10 app includes support for mirroring Android phones on a PC. The feature will be available to Windows Insiders this week, assuming your devices qualify for it. You’ll need to run the latest Windows 10 beta version on your laptop or desktop, and you’ll of course have to install the Your Phone app.

You’ll need a computer that can support Bluetooth Low Energy, which will be mandatory for future PC models. Without it, you won’t be able to connect your Android device to the Windows 10 machine. Finally, you’ll need a compatible Android device to start testing the feature, and the list only includes select Samsung flagship phones: Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, S9, and S9 Plus. The Galaxy S10 series can’t be used for the time being, although Microsoft plans on expanding the list of supported devices in the future.

Once everything’s enabled and hooked up, you’ll be able to mirror your Android device on the Windows 10 PC and use apps from the phone directly on the PC. It’s unclear when the Your Phone app will get the Android mirroring feature on a stable Windows 10 release, so the only way of taking advantage of it right now is to register for the Insider beta program.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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