At the October 2018 Surface launch event in New York City, Microsoft officials showed a glimpse of a coming feature of Windows 10: Android app-mirroring. That feature would allow Windows 10 users to see and interact with applications already installed on their Android phones directly on their Windows 10 PCs. It now seems Microsoft is set to begin to test that feature externally.
Late last week, MSpoweruser.com reported that Twitter user "Ajith" had discovered the Android app-mirroring capability was close to its debut. Ajith showed the description of the feature, which stated "Bring your phone's screen to the Your Phone app and control all your apps from your PC. You can use your mouse and keyboard to help you interact." He also showed a screen shot of a phone notification app which would allow Windows 10 users with the Your Phone app to get notifications from their phones in an app rather than the Action Center.
Only Windows Insiders running the latest test builds on certain devices will be able to test app-mirroring at first.The app-mirroring feature potentially could be available to Insiders as soon as this week.
Android app-mirroring support on Windows 10 may lead some to recall Microsoft's rather brief foray into allowing developers to bring Android applications to Windows 10 using the cancelled "Astoria" bridge technology. Microsoft dropped Astoria in 2016, claiming that it wasn't necessary, given the company also was offering an iOS-porting technology (and most Android apps also had iOS complements). Microsoft's iOS bridge is basically dead and not being actively updated or used by almost any (or possibly any) developers.
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