Much of the recent talk around Windows 11 and Android has been around support of Android apps in the Microsoft Store. Microsoft has been a little quiet on the Your Phone front. That is changing this week as the company is launching a new Your Phone boasting a fresh aesthetic.
Microsoft points out the new experience “adopts the beauty of Windows 11 design to tie together your seamless experience on your Windows desktop.”
At the moment, the new Your Phone for Windows 11 app is available on in preview for Windows Insiders. Alongside a design change to fit into the Flow theme on Windows 11, Your Phone is also getting some other changes.
Notifications and messages are now shown on a new sidebar, which shows much more of your Android phone’s wallpaper. Tabs available in the app now include Calls, Apps, Photos, Messages.
If you are unfamiliar with Your Phone, it acts as a bridge between a Windows 11 PC and Android device. Essentially, it allows users to mirror their Android device on a desktop. While Android app support is now part of Windows 11, Your Phone brings more features.
Users can access photos, send messages, make calls, and access files from their phone directly on a PC.
The new Your Phone experience is part of Windows 11 preview build 22504, which is now available on the Dev Channel. Other changes coming with this build include:
- “further personalize your Windows text input experience, we have expanded the 13 themes for the touch keyboard to now apply to our other input experiences, including IMEs, the emoji panel, and voice typing. Also available for all themed experiences is the theme engine that allows you to create a fully customized theme including background images.
- We have added the ability for personalized combinations of emoji based on face and skin tones of family members, couples with heart, kissing, and people holding hands. Just open the emoji panel (WIN + . ) and try these combinations out by typing the following in the search box: family, couple, holding hands, or kissing.
- You can now use the WIN + Alt + K keyboard shortcut to toggle the new mute icon in the Taskbar when it’s showing.
- Based on feedback, we’re making emoji search in Portuguese and Polish a little more flexible with keywords containing diacritics.
- Introducing .NET Framework 4.8.1 our latest .NET Framework that will bring native ARM64 support for the .NET Framework runtime.
- As Settings > System > Sound in Windows 11 shows a warning when microphone access has been restricted in your privacy settings, we’re removing the notification to alert you about this.
- Added support for the cancellation of daylight savings time for the Republic of Fiji for 2021.
- We’re making a change so that going forward on new installs the touch indicator option will now be turned off by default under Settings > Accessibility > Mouse pointer and touch. As part of this change, we’ve added a link to this Settings page from Settings > Bluetooth & Devices > Touch and made it so that the press and hold visual is now always displayed regardless of the setting state.
- Apps will now launch maximized by default when in the tablet posture on small devices (11-inch screens diagonal and under).”
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