Android Apps Come to Windows 10

Android Apps Come to Windows 10
Microsoft is testing the ability to display and run Android apps in Windows 10.

(CCM) — Microsoft is about to begin testing new software which allows Windows 10 users to run Android apps from their PC, The Verge is reporting.

The latest version of Microsoft's Your Phone app for Windows 10 allows screen mirroring from an Android phone so that it is displayed and can be manipulated on a PC touchscreen. The Android app itself is still running on a mobile device, so You Phone effectively enables a remote session from an Android device on the PC.

The setup will only work with the latest test builds of Windows 10, which are available to Windows Insiders this week, and to connect the two devices the PC has to be equipped with Bluetooth with Low Energy Peripheral mode. This will restrict the number of PCs that can display Android apps, but the Surface Go is the first Surface machine to support the test, according to the report.

The Android devices that are supported during this test period are also limited to Samsung smartphones, specifically Samsung's Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, S9, and S9 Plus.

Microsoft has said that it will expand the list of PCs and smartphones which are supported over the coming months, the report says.

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