Your Android phone coming to a Windows 10 mirror soon

Microsoft held an annual October hardware event yesterday to reveal some updates to their product portfolio and share where the company is heading in different areas. One item that raised a few eyebrows is a new app mirroring feature that will make it possible for users to display and work with the apps on their Android powered smartphones from their Windows 10 desktop. This new capability will be baked into Windows 10 and available to consumers when the Windows 10 October update starts rolling out.

Although we don’t have the details on exactly what kind of tech Microsoft used to make this happen, it appears the new mirroring capability will function in much the same way as casting your screen to a Chromecast device. The difference being that while the app is being mirrored on a Windows 10 computer, users can manipulate the smartphone app using their keyboard and mouse to provide input.

Being able to connect an Android powered smartphone to a computer is not new to the marketplace. What is different in this case though is the fact that Microsoft is essentially baking this into the Windows 10 ecosystem via the Your Phone app meaning users will not need to find third-party solutions. That same Your Phone app already makes it possible for users to send text messages from the desktop.

Microsoft did not provide a live preview of the new mirroring capability for Android smartphones, so we will have to wait for the Windows 10 update or more information from Microsoft to see more of just how this will work.

source: Android Authority

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • skoobz

    Ah…hopefully it’ll be better than pushbullet which I never bothered with since it was a paid product. Samsung already has this feature where the Galaxy phones will connect to show notifications and screen mirroring on the Windows, which I use and find handy. As much as I hate Samsung for packing too much into their phones, this was the one good thing I liked.