Last year Microsoft announced a new app for Windows 10 PCs called “Your Phone”. The idea behind the app is that it would allow Android device users to connect to their computers and essentially mirror it so that they’ll be able to access content on their phone, such as photos, text, notifications, and more, somewhat seamlessly.
This is no doubt a pretty useful feature to have and if you so happen to be a Windows Insider, you might be interested to learn that the mirroring feature has been launched in beta. It will rely on Bluetooth and Microsoft has made Bluetooth with Low Energy Peripheral mode a requirement, which means that unless your computer supports it, there is a good chance that many probably won’t be able to take full advantage of this feature at the start.
Microsoft has also limited the devices that can take advantage of the feature which includes the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, S9, and S9 Plus. It is a bit limited for now but the company says that they will expand the list of compatible devices over time.
That being said, Microsoft would not be the first company to try and bring screen mirroring of a smartphone to the desktop. Samsung had previously attempted something similar with the DeX Dock that connected a Samsung phone to a monitor, turning it into a pseudo desktop PC. More recently an early leaked build of Android Q has hinted that desktop mode could be a feature of the operating system as well.
Source: The Verge