+ Tuesday March 19th, 2019

Like many of you I’m an Android/ Windows guy, I’m all Android on my phone and tablets and mostly Windows, with a little Chromebook, for my PCs and laptops. For those of us in this Android/Windows camp there’s some very exciting news coming out of Redmond, you can now run Android apps off your phone on your PC, again, sort of.

OK, lets run through the caveats, this is only for Windows insiders running the latest 1803 build or newer, your PC needs to support Bluetooth Low Energy Peripheral Mode and you have to using one of the following devices from Samsung, Galaxy S8, S8+, S9 and S9+. At present the Surface Go is the only Surface device that supports it.

In addition you won’t actually be running the app on your Windows machine, using the Microsoft ‘Your Phone’ app you’ll technically be sharing your screen with the PC but you will be able to interact through the Windows machine. Reports suggest that you will be able to use the device almost fully through the stream including opening apps and services on the phone.

It’s still early days for the technology but it’s a very exciting step forward, I’d love to be able to be using me computer and have my phone appear as a window over to the side, especially for messaging etc.

If you meet all of the requirements above then grab the app below and give it a go.

Your Phone Companion
Your Phone Companion
Source: Microsoft.
Via: 9to5Google.

Duncan Jaffrey   Associate

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Duncan has been interested in technology since coding "Mary had a little Lamb" in Basic on his ZX Spectrum. A fan of all things Android, most days you'll find Duncan trawling the web for Android news or quietly editing away on Map Maker.

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The second that the FULL Adobe creative cloud is available on Android devices, and as soon as Android is available for x86, I will quite literally shift to an entirely Android ecosystem.

It really all hinges on what Adobe decides to do.

Michael
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Bluestacks lets you run android apps on your PC. No phone required, been using it for years.
https://www.bluestacks.com/

Dale
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Clearly you aren’t aware of the Side Sync app that has been around for years, that allows you to do this via wifi or a USB cable. I think it is limited to Samsung phones, but any Samsung phone, any windows PC and is available now.

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If phone is required to run an app than it is remote desktop to phone, not the android app running in windows. There are many apps currently doing it.

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Obviously Microsoft is getting worried by the Chromebook’s ability to run Android apps.

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