Microsoft Photos Companion app on its way to Android

Microsoft has increasingly been more active on the Android platform with their software and services. Earlier this week Microsoft released an update to their Edge browser running on Android to add a dark mode and to improve syncing with the desktop. An Italian web site has revealed Microsoft has a new Android client in the works to be released with their upcoming Microsoft Photos Companion app.

The Photos Companion app will be able to help users move photos between their Android device an their Windows 10 PC. However, it does appear both devices have to be on the same WiFi network. Microsoft is reportedly working on a method that uses QR codes to help make things easier to use.

Based on the description, Microsoft appears to want to compete against Google and potentially other vendors like Dropbox to serve as the repository for your photos. To some extent the functionality appears to compete with Microsoft’s own features built in to the OneDrive. This is a similar problem that Google faced in earlier days with its Photos and Drive platforms as users became frustrated with the fragmentation that existed. Where the new Photos Companion ultimately fits into Microsoft’s overall strategy remains to be seen.

Microsoft has released the Insider version of an update to the Windows 10 desktop app for Microsoft Photo that introduces the Photos Companion on the desktop end. The companion Android app, along with an iOS version, is coming soon although no estimated date has been offered up thus far.

source: Aggiornamenti Lumia
via: Android Authority


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