Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Microsoft begins testing Android mirroring in Windows 10

Microsoft begins testing Android mirroring in Windows 10

Announced today, a new Windows 10 preview build (Build 18356 - 19H1) supports wireless Android screen mirroring for select devices, allowing you to control your smartphone from your computer.

Once an update has been removed, Windows 10 will prevent it from installing automatically for the next 30 days, giving Microsoft and its partners time to investigate and hopefully fix any issues.

Windows 10 PC with a Bluetooth radio that supports low energy peripheral role.

That website also features links to the Microsoft Store, which is where users with aging PCs can buy a new one running Windows 10.

Apart from version 1809 and 1803, Windows 10 cumulative updates are also available for version 1709 (KB4489886 - Build 16299.1029), version 1703 (KB4489871 - Build 15063.1689), version 1607 (KB4489882 - Build 14393.2848), and the original Windows 10 (KB4489872 - Build 10240.18158). The company has started testing the previously demoed "phone screen" feature of its Your Phone app. The smartphones, on the other hand, will need Android 7.0 or higher.

Having Windows cease to operate after updates is a rather scary occurrence.

Should the user decide to continue to use Windows 7 after its support expiration on January 14th, the operating system will no longer receive security updates and could be subject to numerous vulnerabilities and exploits.

Currently, the Your Phone app for Windows 10 lets you sync content like photos and SMS with a PC. Either way, this does mean that phone screen mirroring for Your Phone and Android is just around the corner, and we'll have a hands-on video showcasing the feature in action as soon as possible.

As for iOS, Microsoft previously talked about bringing a Your Phone app to iPhones.

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