December 5, 2020

Windows 10 Your Phone app supports running multiple Android apps in parallel

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Microsoft continues to improve Your Phone application in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20257. The functions currently provided by the application should improve user efficiency.

It’s a pity that the new version of Your Phone app only supports Samsung series devices. For other brands of Android devices, it only supports basic functions and does not support such advanced functions.

According to Microsoft, Android device manufacturers need to integrate Your Phone app core services, and Microsoft and Samsung have integrated core services to support these features.

In the previous version update, Your Phone app already supports streaming Android apps to run on your computer. Note that this is streaming Android apps and not running Android apps directly.

The principle is to transfer the app running on the mobile phone to the computer and run it in a small independent window. When the user uses the mouse to operate it, it will also stream back to the mobile phone.

The latest MacBook also supports running iOS applications in a small window. Apple directly supports iOS applications on the MacBook instead of streaming.

In order to continue to improve the user experience, Microsoft has brought parallel features in this update, that is, multiple Android applications can be run at the same time and streamed to the computer for simultaneous viewing.

Users can also pin frequently used Android applications to the start menu or taskbar, and click to automatically call the Android device to stream the app screen to the computer.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20257

“The multi-apps feature has started to rollout on supported Samsung Galaxy phones (Note20 5G, Note20 Ultra 5G, Z Fold2 5G, Z Flip, Z Flip 5G) running Android 10 with Link to Windows (LTW) integration and to Windows Insiders who are configured to be in the Dev, Beta, or Release Preview Channels.”