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Microsoft Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18356 lets Android Apps run on Win10

Mar 12, 2019, 11:41 pm

Microsoft announced that today they will be releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18356 (19H1) to Windows Insiders in the First Ring. It comes with a lot of new updates and features. First, there is a new feature for the Your Phone app – phone screen. Using this feature, the users will be able to mirror their phone screen onto the PC screen without any hassle. There is no need to go back and forth between opening your laptop and your mobile phone. With the help of this feature, users can do View anything from their phone to their PC. This feature will eventually roll out to the 19H1 builds but it may take a few days for this feature to finally show up on Your Phone app. However, this feature is available only for a limited set of devices for now.

Surface Go will be the first to preview this feature. This feature will be available on a number of selected Android phones running on Android 7.0 or higher, and on Windows 10 PC with a Bluetooth radio that supports low energy peripheral. For the feature to work on any device, the user has to make sure that the Android device is on and that it is within the Bluetooth range of the PC, and connected to the same network as the PC. There have been some issues regarding the new features. Some known issues include, touch input not working yet, always ON display is not being shown on the phone screen displayed on the PC, blue light preferences will not be applied on the phone screen displayed on the PC, audio will play out of the phone speakers, not the PC, double-clicking may bring down notification center, some games and apps do not support mouse interactions.

Android Apps on WindowsThe Microsoft team has also fixed a number of issues which include, a Microsoft Edge crash encountered when interacting with combo boxes in PDF forms, night light being on after an upgrade, an issue with the slider to adjust the night light strength, an issue where night light was skipping the fade transition when it was turned off, increased battery drain while the screen was on in recent builds. An issue resulted in the “…” menu contents being clipped for certain apps like Voice Recorder and Alarms and Clock when the app was full screen.

They have also fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing bug check green screens citing a KERNEL_SECURITY_VIOLATION error. Other issues involve, launching games that use anti-cheat software may trigger a bug check (GSOD), Creative X-Fi sound cards are not functioning properly, some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. There is also something called the Bing Insider Program which comes with a lot of privilege of its own.

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