Microsoft’s Your Phone app for Windows 10 keeps getting new features. At launch, it was basically a tool for sharing photos and websites between a smartphone and a PC. This year it gained support for mirroring an Android phone screen on your PC and then for displaying smartphone notifications on your computer.

Now Microsoft has announced a whole bunch of new features are on the way — and you can try them out now if you’re a member of the Windows 10 Insider program.

Among other things, there are new accessibility features, support for additional phones, the ability to send GIFs and other images via SMS from your desktop, support for in-line replies and contact image synchronization, and support for syncing over mobile data.

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3 replies on “Lilbits 369: Windows 10 gets cozier with Android phones”

  1. Same here but worse… It was half working before (SMS but no MMS) and it won’t connect after the “upgrade”.

    In this day and age with web version of Google Messages it’s easier to just pin a browser tab.

  2. i agree zdanee, heard all this news, decided to try it out and see if it would be good for the wife to use, boy was i surprised at how unfriendly it was. i have a moto z2 force and i made the initial connection, but it never sync’ed, did run a long time on the android side but in the end with lack of settings or troubleshooting options, i just deleted everything i had done and went back on my merry way of minimal windows 10 intrusion.

  3. I’ve checked out this android companion app in windows last month and it was borderline useless. It had me download an app on the phone had to give it all the privileges then all it could do was list my most recent 10 messages and my most recently taken 10 photos. It also downscaled the photos to somewhere about 1280×1024 or something similar. It could do screen mirroring, but no input, so I still had to use the phone to do anything beyond gazing at my wonderful lockscreen wallpaper. The latency was also several seconds. There were no settings, no useful functions. I deleted the app from the phone after that. I want to be able to answer calls on the PC, have full control of my messages and gallery, install or remove apps from the phone using the PC interface, maybe make backups and such.

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