What you need to know
- The new Android Apps experience in the Your Phone app is now rolling out to everyone.
- The feature lets you open Android apps in their own windows and pin them to your taskbar.
- The rollout won’t hit everyone at once, and you need a compatible Samsung phone to use it right now.
At Samsung’s latest “Unpacked” event earlier in August, Microsoft announced that it would soon bring a new “Apps” experience to its Your Phone app on Windows 10. After some testing with Insiders, that experience is now starting to roll out to everyone today. Microsoft announced the rollout in its latest Insider build release notes.
The new Apps experience allows those with a compatible Android phone to open and stream Android apps from their phone in a dedicated window on their PCs. The emphasis is on “compatible” there, as the feature is limited to a select list of Samsung phones right now, including the new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
Beyond letting you open Android apps in dedicated windows, the update allows you to pin specific Android apps to your taskbar for easy access. In the future, Microsoft said it plans to allow you to open multiple Android apps in separate windows side-by-side.
Microsoft says this is a “gradual rollout,” so it may take some time to become available for everyone. Still, it’s a handy feature to have if you happen to meet all of the requirements.
The Note that does it all
It’s not cheap, but the price is justified by how much you get jammed into this svelte, good looking phone. With all the latest bells-and-whistles, Microsoft integration, gorgeous all-around hardware, and an impressive camera package, Note 20 Ultra is the ultimate smartphone of 2020.
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