Microsoft itself does not have its own smartphone platform or even its own Android phone outside of the Surface Duo. Instead, it has forged ties with Samsung that have practically treated the latter’s high-tech flagships almost as if they were its own. This preferential treatment can be seen clearly in the Your Phone app, which continues to gain remarkable features exclusive only to some Samsung Galaxy devices. Your most recent trick is to run as many Android apps as you want on the Windows 10 desktop.
This is the promised extension of a feature released a few months ago with the Galaxy Note 10. This allowed one application at a time to run on Windows as if it were a native Windows application. You can even pin it to the taskbar for easy access, for example.
This time, Windows Insiders are having the ability to test multiple Android apps at the same time. This practically allows you to access your phone in a more intuitive way, rather than simply mirroring the phone’s screen. There are, however, several limitations that prevent it from being a fully integrated solution.
The audio, for example, is not routed to the PC and will be played on the phone, which may not be good if the phone is just a few feet away. There will be applications, especially games, that may not respond to the PC keyboard and mouse and the only way to interact with them is if you have a touch screen monitor.
The biggest limitation is, of course, the number of supported models that include only the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 series, Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Galaxy Z Flip, both 4G and 5G models. For now, the feature is only available for Windows Insiders, but we can expect it to be released to the public next year.