The test feature is only available to people who own a Surface Go tablet and Samsung S8 or S9 phones. Over time, Microsoft plans to expand the list of supported PCs and Android phones.
Microsoft is getting closer to letting you run Android apps from a smartphone on a Windows 10 PC. It’s now previewing the feature to a select number of devices.
The screen mirroring is now available as a test feature to people with a Surface Go tablet, and a Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, S9 or S9+ phone. To access it, users will need two pieces of software: the latest Windows 10 Insider build on their Surface Go tablet; and Microsoft’s Your Phone app for the Samsung handset.
Microsoft will eventually expand the list of PCs and Android phones that’ll support the upcoming feature. But it appears the screen mirroring will only be available to PCs that support “Bluetooth with Low Energy Peripheral mode.” They’ll also need to be running Windows 10 build 1803 or later. The smartphones, on the other hand, will need Android 7.0 or higher.
The screen-mirroring feature was demoed in October as a way to easily bring Android apps to Windows. It works via the Microsoft-created Your Phone mobile app, which is designed to help Android smartphones link to Windows 10 PCs.
You can download the Your Phone app now on Google Play and the Windows Store. Currently, it can let you automatically sync your phone and PC to share photos, files, and texts. However, the screen-mirroring capability could dramatically take the Android-PC integration to the next level by finally offering an easy way bring Android apps to larger desktop screens.
As for iOS, Microsoft previously talked about bringing a Your Phone app to iPhones. But so far, the company has only made avaliable a Continue on PC app for iOS, which can let you share webpages on a iPhone to a Windows PC.