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Windows 11 will launch without Android app support

Windows 11 will launch without Android app support

One of the most interesting announcements around Windows 11 was that Microsoft plans to support Android apps in its long-running OS, delivered and serviced by the Amazon Appstore. That's still true, but unfortunately our enthusiasm has been sufficiently curbed. As Microsoft announced the release date for Windows 11, it also said that Android app support would have to wait a while.

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All-in-one PCs are hot again as HP sticks Chrome on a display that swivels

All-in-one PCs are hot again as HP sticks Chrome on a display that swivels

In addition to a new Chrome OS convertible tablet and a plug-and-play monitor, HP is getting freaky by announcing an all-in-one Chrome machine with a rotatable display. The company is hoping to redefine how a family computer serves its users by fueling good performance for basic tasks with a more tactile experience.

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Valve's Steam Deck is the latest attempt to make portable PC gaming a thing

Valve's Steam Deck is the latest attempt to make portable PC gaming a thing

For the last 4 years, the Nintendo Switch has been out on its own as the best portable gaming experience outside of playing on your smartphone. Other attempts at a portable gaming PC have come and gone without much success, but for the first time, the Switch may have a real contender.

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A whole bunch of Samsung phones can now stream multiple apps to Windows PCs

A whole bunch of Samsung phones can now stream multiple apps to Windows PCs

Windows Insiders who own a 2020 Samsung flagship phone are due for a big improvement in their continuity experience as their PCs will be able to stream not just one, but multiple Android apps at a time through Your Phone.

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How to play GeForce Now in your Chrome browser without installing anything on your PC or Linux machine

How to play GeForce Now in your Chrome browser without installing anything on your PC or Linux machine

While Google Stadia needs nothing but your browser to work, the story is different for GeForce Now. Nvidia would like you to install its dedicated application for its game streaming service on Windows and Mac. But ever since GeForce Now is available on Chromebooks, we know that it's capable of running inside Chrome, and where there's a will, there's a way. By spoofing your browser user agent with an official Google tool, you can use GeForce Now right in Chrome on your PC, Mac, or Linux machine — nothing but an extension required.

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The ultimate guide to using Windows Your Phone with Android

The ultimate guide to using Windows Your Phone with Android

No matter how much we slam Apple for its closed ecosystem, many of us often find ourselves raving about how well coordinated the iPhone and Mac are. Then we turn to Android, which just can't do all those tricks, leaving us feeling a little peeved— at least until Microsoft came into the picture. Microsoft has all but adopted Google’s mobile OS after its own phone business crumbled, and it has increasing sought to bridge the deep divide between Windows 10 and Android with the Your Phone app.

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Microsoft's Your Phone screen mirroring drops Bluetooth support, only works on some Samsung models

Microsoft's Your Phone screen mirroring drops Bluetooth support, only works on some Samsung models

Microsoft bringing screen mirroring to Your Phone was a big deal since it was supposed to work irrespective of your phone or PC make, unlike some branded applications. Besides ironing out some bugs, the company now wants to make "Phone screen" compatible with more Windows 10 computers. But its approach pulled a classic one step forward, two steps back, as the feature has dropped support for all phones except for some newer Samsung models.

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Microsoft's Your Phone app testing new accessibility features, GIF and emoji buttons in messaging

Microsoft's Your Phone app testing new accessibility features, GIF and emoji buttons in messaging

Microsoft is bolstering its PC-to-phone bridging app, Your Phone, with the release of the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview — in fact, it's the bulk of the changes touted in this preview version. For build 18908 (20H1), fast ring insiders will be able to try out new accessibility tools and messaging features with more Android devices. Oh, and there's a new logo, too, but that's just the start of things.

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Microsoft Your Phone rolls out mobile data sync and MMS support

Microsoft Your Phone rolls out mobile data sync and MMS support

It has always been the dream to reliably control one's smartphone from a computer — through syncing notifications, texting from the PC, and screen mirroring. Several apps have targetted different aspects of this — Microsoft's Your Phone being one of the more high-profile ones. With the recent v.3.8.4 update, the Your Phone app now supports MMS and using mobile data to sync notifications, photos, and messages.

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Microsoft phone screen mirroring extends to new devices, Your Phone app gets notification support

Microsoft phone screen mirroring extends to new devices, Your Phone app gets notification support

Not too long ago, Microsoft announced phone screen mirroring between Windows 10 and Android. It's a neat feature, letting you effectively have your Android apps on your computer. It was previously limited to a handful of devices and select testers, but now the tech giant is opening it up to more devices.

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