According tomedia reports, Windows 10 has done a good job of tight integration of mobile phones and desktops. While the iOS version of the Your Phone app is still limited, Android users can mirror their phone screen, sync clipboard content, and play the Android app on the desktop client. Your Phone’s three key features — clipboard sync, Android app streaming and phone screen mirroring — are still unique to a handful of Samsung phones.
Screen mirroring was originally designed for a variety of mobile devices, including the OnePlus phone, but was reduced to Samsung’s exclusive feature after Microsoft discovered performance issues.
In addition to supporting screen mirroring, Windows 10 provides drag-and-drop for files stored on mobile devices, but it doesn’t work without a supported Galaxy phone.
While users without a Samsung phone can still get new features from the Windows 10 phone app update, the range of features available is much smaller. Microsoft, for example, is currently testing a feature that lets users turn off Bluetooth, WiFi and cellular connections directly on their computers.
A recent upgrade to Windows 10 has enabled mobile apps to be supported on PCs, and the experience is smooth thanks to Wi-Fi direct connectivity, Bluetooth and customized drivers from Microsoft and Samsung. The feature even lets the user pin the phone app to his PC so he can start them without opening the phone app.
Earlier this month, Microsoft also added support for streaming on parallel Android apps, but the same features apply only to Samsung phones.
For those who don’t have a Samsung product, the wait doesn’t seem to be over yet, as Microsoft has confirmed that the Advanced Of Your Phone will only be available for Samsung phones.
In August, an anonymous source told the media that Samsung and Microsoft phones would have exclusive premium features. That’s because Windows 10 requires a “special driver” in the phone’s firmware, which means phone makers will have to turn to Microsoft for help.
Although Android is an open source platform, Microsoft is unlikely to add this feature to the Android operating system and bring it to more devices. Smartphones from other manufacturers may only be affected if the two companies work together.
According to Vishnu Nath, a senior Microsoft engineer, the features of the advanced Your Phone app will only work with Samsung phones, which require OS/firmware integration.