+ Friday May 24th, 2019

PC companion apps aren’t new in Androidland, but Microsoft has been building its own, an official Android-to-Windows feature called Your Phone (the companion app is Your Phone Companion) for a few months now, and is slowly adding new features.

One of the features they mentioned at launch is the ability to share the screen from your phone on your Windows desktop and interact with it with keyboard and mouse. The feature is yet to launch to the public (you need to be running an Insider build of Windows), but it is being actively developed by Microsoft.

This week MSPowerUser reports that Microsoft has added support for a few more devices from Samsung (Galaxy S10, Note 8 and Note 9 join the already-supported Galaxy S8 and S9) and OnePlus (the 6 and 6T models, only available on import here).

If you’re running any of those devices and you’re on the right build of Windows, you’ll be able to see and control your phone’s screen on your desktop.

Hopefully Microsoft is nearing official launch for the feature. We’d like to see that device compatibility list grow significantly before that happens though.

Until then, the Your Phone Companion app officially brings you easy access to the most recent 25 images on your phone as well as access to SMS messages.

Source: MSPowerUser.

Jason Murray   Assistant Editor

Jason Murray

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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If you had/have a Microsoft 950/950xl phone or similar you could wirelessly use Continuum on some Windows computers if they supported Miracast. You could use your keyboard and mouse to control the phone’s version of a Windows Desktop. Handy for running a personal version of “Windows” on your work computer or when visiting friends.

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