Until the day comes when we have a single computing device to control them all, we will probably jump between our phone and at least one computer to get things done, whether for work or even play. As if multitasking between programs on a desktop or laptop was not a sufficient distraction, having to reconcile our attention between these two devices as well. Microsoft’s solution is to have these phone applications directly accessible on Windows, but only if you are using certain Samsung Galaxy phones.
The partnership between Microsoft and Samsung is, so far, cozy and exclusive. More than just having a few Microsoft apps preloaded on Galaxy phones, Samsung’s premium devices also enjoy special features for integrating your phone that no other Android phone can experience, at least not yet. This special treatment now expands a little more, while limiting its scope to even fewer phones.
Microsoft’s Your Phone app for Windows 10 already supports streaming the entire phone screen on the desktop or, in the case of selected Galaxy phones, streaming from a single app. With the launch of the Galaxy Note 20 last year, the two companies revealed that it would soon be possible to have multiple Android applications running simultaneously as if they were normal Windows applications. This feature is finally being released to the public, but there are some requirements that you need to keep in mind.
On the Windows side, your PC should be running at least the May 2020 update, preferably later, and a minimum of 8 GB of RAM. The most important requirement, however, is that this feature is only available for Android 11 phones, which narrows that list down to the Galaxy Note 10 series, the Galaxy S20 series including the Galaxy S20 FE, Galaxy Fold, Galaxy Z Flip, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and, of course, the Galaxy Note 20 series.
This practically limits the scope of this useful feature, although we hope it will not be the case for a long time. There are, of course, other third-party solutions, but the advantage of the Your Phone feature is that it has a deeper integration on both sides of the line.