Microsoft has been pushing to bridge the gap between Android and Windows for a while now, especially since the Windows Phone platform saw an expected demise not too long ago. In this pursuit, the company announced a feature in one of its preview builds last year that allowed Android users to receive phone calls on their Windows PCs as long as they have Microsoft’s “Your Phone Companion” app.
Well, Microsoft appears to have expanded the feature to everyone over the weekend thanks to an app update. This feature was first spotted with the Galaxy Note 10 when it broke cover last year while a handful of Windows 10 Insiders also got access to this feature. But this update basically means that practically anyone can benefit from this feature starting now.
While there are no major prerequisites to use this feature, Microsoft mentions that PCs require a Bluetooth connection for it to work. This may be an impediment to older or custom-built PCs that don’t usually have Bluetooth. However, users can rectify this by purchasing an affordable Bluetooth adapter for Windows from a local electronics store or online.
Your Phone by Microsoft is available for free on the Play Store, and in addition to letting you receive phone calls, it can help users get their phone notifications on a Windows 10 PC while also letting them respond to text messages using nothing but their PC.
Windows Insiders will also get to see their phone wallpapers transferred onto the desktop navigation bar with acrylic transparency as well as a larger icon, which is a neat touch. The larger icon serves as a reminder that your Android smartphone is connected to the PC.