Microsoft’s Your Phone App for Windows 10 is designed to let you connect an Android phone to a Windows computer so you can respond to text messages, transfer files between devices, and more. On select devices you can also use it to view Android apps on your computer – they’re still running on your phone, but you can interact with your mouse, keyboard, and big-screen display.
Now Microsoft has begun rolling out support for multitasking – users with a supported phone can view multiple Android apps on their desktop at once, each in their own window.
The only catch? Only a handful of phones are supported so far… and they’re all recent Samsung phones.
You’ll also need to be running a Windows Insider Preview dev, beta, or release preview channel version of Windows.
Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.
- Microsoft Your Phone can run multiple Android apps on select devices [xda-developers]
Microsoft’s Your Phone app for Windows 10 lets you link an Android phone to your PC and mirror some Android apps on the desktop. Now you can view multiple app windows at once in Windows 10 Insider preview builds (if you have a supported Samsung smartphone).
- HP ends its customers’ lives (by pulling plug on “free ink for life”) [Pluralistic]
HP’s “free ink for life” plan that let you print up to 15 pages per month has been switched to a pay-$1-per-month-to-print-up-to-45-pages plan. As @doctorow puts it, HP has told customers “their life had ended” just a few years after the program launched.
- Two more iPhone 12 models available for pre-order [Apple]
Apple iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max are now available for pre-order for $699 and up and $1099 and up, respectively. One is a 6.7 inch phone with three rear cameras and a LiDAR system, while the other is a 5.4 inch phone with the same processor but one less camera.
- Strengthening Pocket P.C. & An Unexpected Delay [Popcorn Computer]
Pocket P.C. handheld Linux computer delayed, now expected to ship in early 2021 (but a limited number of pre-production samples could ship this month). Here’s an update from the developer explaining the reasons for the delay in detail.
- postmarketOS update: Apps, UIs & Devices [postmarketOS]
The latest postmarketOS progress update includes info on the latest camera, browser, and UI changes, plus details on improvements for PinePhone and PineTab hardware and for new devices.