At the Galaxy Note10 launch last year, Samsung and Microsoft announced a long-term partnership to better integrate Android and Windows, part of the partnership was the pre-installation of Microsoft apps on Galaxy Note10 smartphones. At yesterday’s major presentation of the Galaxy Note20 and other new products, Samsung announced an expansion of its partnership with Microsoft.
Recent rumors that the Galaxy Note20 Ultra could take on the role of the Xbox Phone as a kind of portable gaming console have been partly confirmed. But the next stage of cooperation between Microsoft and Samsung involves two initiatives.
The first is the ability to play over 100 Xbox games from the Project XCloud through the Xbox Game Pass subscription service right on your Galaxy phone or tablet. As part of the partnership, Microsoft will release a special version of the Xbox Game Pass app that will be distributed through the Samsung Galaxy Store. This version will allow Xbox players to buy tokens and make in-game purchases (skins or DLC items) from the Xbox store. The version of Xbox Game Pass available on the Google Play Store does not support in-app purchases. Interestingly, the announcement comes amid rumors that Google is trying to convince Samsung to promote its Play Store as an alternative to its Galaxy Store.
Plus, pre-order the Galaxy Note20 with the Gaming Bundle, which includes three months of free access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Samsung also includes the all-new PowerA MOGA XP5-X Plus Bluetooth controller with an attachable phone clip in the box. Pre-orders start today, and cloud gaming through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will be available in 22 markets in North America, Europe and South Korea starting September 15. It remains only to wait for the launch of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate in Ukraine.
The second initiative is the ability to run the Galaxy Note20 mobile applications, created for Android, on a PC running Windows 10. The corresponding functionality has become part of the Your Phone application, already familiar to us, which previously learned how to receive / make calls from a connected Android smartphone. reply to text messages, view the gallery, “mirror” the smartphone screen, and track the battery level of the smartphone.
The new version of the Your Phone app will allow you to run Android apps on Windows 10. Below is a demo by Microsoft while simultaneously running (side-by-side) the WhatsApp and Instagram apps installed on the Galaxy Note 20 on a Windows 10 PC.
At first, the functionality will be limited – users will be able to run no more than one Android application on a PC. However, Microsoft promises that in November it will be possible to run several applications simultaneously, as shown in the gif. A test build of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20185 with this new functionality is now available to members of the Windows Insiders testing program.
Android apps can be pinned to the taskbar and run like regular Windows apps. Support for multitasking capabilities for them is also announced. That is, it will be possible to arrange several side by side and switch between them using the Alt-Tab menu.
Samsung and Microsoft ecosystems are now even more integrated with each other: Samsung Notes syncs with Microsoft OneNote and Outlook, and reminders with Microsoft Outlook, To Do, and Teams. You can view and edit reminders from anywhere, keeping a single list across your phone, PC, and apps.
To run Android applications, you need a smartphone with Android version 9.0 Pie or better and Link to Windows software. The list of supported devices now only includes Samsung models:
Samsung Galaxy Note 9Samsung Galaxy S9Samsung Galaxy S9 + Samsung Galaxy Note10Samsung Galaxy Note10 + Samsung Galaxy Note10 LiteSamsung Galaxy FoldSamsung Galaxy S10Samsung Galaxy S10 + Samsung Galaxy S10 LiteSamsung Galaxy S10eSamsung Galaxy A8sSamsung Galaxy A30sSamsung Galaxy A31Samsung Galaxy A40Samsung Galaxy A50 Galaxy A70Samsung Galaxy A70sSamsung Galaxy A71Samsung Galaxy A71 5GSamsung Galaxy A80Samsung Galaxy A90sSamsung Galaxy A90 5GSamsung Galaxy S20Samsung Galaxy S20 + Samsung Galaxy S20 UltraSamsung Galaxy FoldSamsung Galaxy XCover ProSamsung Galaxy Z Flip