The integration of Windows with Android apps seems like a new area of focus for both platforms. Windows had previously worked with Android to create a My Phone companion app for Windows that lets users connect their Android devices to their Windows PCs. The app initially supported making calls, reading messages, and browsing your Android phone’s gallery from your computer; now, Windows has pushed an update to the companion app to add the functionality of running certain Android applications in the Windows platform. You can now use these Android applications in Microsoft’s My Phone application. These apps will run in a distinct window outside the companion app. It works just like a screencast, but it makes use of Bluetooth instead of internet connectivity.
Alt+tab is one of the most widely used shortcuts in the Windows platform. Users will have the ability to multitask between Android applications and Windows applications simultaneously using the Alt+tab shortcut to toggle between the apps. For your ease of access, there’s an option to pin your most used Android applications to the start or Taskbar. This brings extensive functionality to the companion app as there is no more need to search for these apps one by one in the companion app and then launch them from within the app, you can pin your favorite Android apps to the Taskbar or the Start menu as shortcuts, and launch them just like ordinary Windows apps.
One of the major highlights of the My Phone companion app’s update is that it will now have the support for running multiple Android applications at a single time. This was announced by Microsoft parallel to the launch of the Samsung Note 20 Ultra series. Windows users will be able to make use of this feature by the end of this year as the development is still in the works and will take some time to roll out.
Although, it is worth noting that not every Android app will have the support. Unsupported apps may result in a black screen when you try to launch them using the application. However, for the supported apps, the experience will now become more seamless. You will have the ability to cast your Android display into a bigger laptop or desktop screen and enjoy the content better.
As of now, this feature is only available for Samsung device users. You will need to have a Samsung device like a smartphone or a Samsung tablet. Microsoft has confirmed that it is now working with Samsung to support this application to other devices as well. We can expect the feature to roll out in other devices by the end of this year. You will also need to sign up for the Windows Insider Testing. This will give you beta access to all the features before they roll out publicly.