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New feature lets you use Android apps on Windows 10

If you’re fed up of having to take your phone out of your pocket to open an app while using your computer, Microsoft has the answer. It’s just announced a new feature that lets Android apps run on Windows 10 laptops and desktops.

That means apps like Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messaging will all be available right from your desktop, with no need to dig around in your pocket for your phone.

The feature is known as app mirroring, and comes as part of Microsoft’s Your Phone app. It also works for iPhone, but in a more limited capacity.

To begin with, it’ll be limited to the stock texting and photos apps on Android.

iPhone users, meanwhile, will be able to open webpages on their Windows 10 computers that they already have open on their iPhones, just like the Handoff feature in macOS.

That means if you’re reading an article on your laptop and have to leave to meet someone, you can carry on reading it on your phone during the journey.

The feature is available as part of the Windows 10 October update, which should roll out any day now.



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