Phone Link could be laying the foundation for something even more exciting, especially with Android apps about to be made available on the Microsoft Store, thanks to Amazon. Granted, it’s not the best name from Microsoft, but it’s got a track record of poor names with its other products throughout the years. But Phone Link is one of the best apps to come out from the company in recent years, and it could lay the groundwork for more Android apps to be used on your PC.
Microsoft is working on an upgrade to its Phone Link software that will add a search bar and correct several problems, enabling smartphones to be controlled in Windows 11. The software connects to your Android smartphone and is available on the Microsoft Store(opens in new tab) and the Google Play Store(opens in new tab). From there, you may browse images, make and receive calls, drag and drop files, send and receive messages, and more on Windows 11. Microsoft has been focusing on other products, like Paint and Windows Media Player, in the interim to give them significant changes, despite Phone Link getting a new design and moniker earlier in the year. However, Phone Link is now once more receiving some attention.
The parts are all there: you can download and run some Android apps on Windows 11 already, and you can manage your phone’s content through Phone Link. The next step must surely be to run your apps through your phone. This way, you could be playing a game on your Pixel 6 for example, and you could carryon playing it on your PC thanks to Phone Link on Windows 11. The signs suggest that Microsoft is planning to do something like this, but it has been known to throw some curveballs as well. Whatever the company decides, Phone Link is still a worthy app to consider if you have an Android phone, and however small the improvements can be, it’s still building on what is a great app.
Daryl had been freelancing for 3 years before joining TechRadar, now reporting on everything software-related. In his spare time he’s written a book, ‘The Making of Tomb Raider’, alongside podcasting and usually found playing games old and new on his PC and MacBook Pro. If you have a story about an updated app or one that’s about to launch, drop him a line.