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Microsoft integrates Android apps into Windows 10 with Your Phone

Microsoft has released an update for its Your Phone application that allows Windows 10 users to run Android applications alongside Windows applications on personal computers.

The new ability is based on the mirroring feature that Your Phone application already provides, as users can access a list of Android applications in the application and run them via a personal computer. These applications will run in a separate window outside of Your Phone app.

The new Your Phone application also allows Windows 10 users to support multitasking with other Windows applications by supporting clicking on the alt + tab keys, and it also allows installing those applications on the Windows 10 taskbar or the Start menu. The ability to run applications directly from Your Phone app means that users can install Android applications on the taskbar and run them as if they were regular Windows applications.

It is believed that a large part of this new Your Phone application experience means the ability to run many Android applications side by side, which was announced by Microsoft with the announcement of Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 phones earlier today. Windows 10 users will not be able to access this specific feature until "later this year" on Galaxy Note 20 devices, and Microsoft says: It is also working with Samsung to bring this feature to other devices.

It is noteworthy that all Android applications will not run smoothly with the new Your Phone feature. Microsoft warns that some applications may not support working on other screens, resulting in a black screen instead. Some apps and games will also not respond to keyboard or mouse.

Those interested in trying the new feature must own a Samsung device. Microsoft has published a list of supported Android devices that are currently restricted to Samsung devices only.