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Microsoft Suddenly Ends Support For Android Devices Screen Mirroring: Some Samsung Devices Limited To the Support List

Microsoft isn’t one to be an important node when it comes to smartphone news. While the company did enter the mobile phone game in the early days, today, we see Microsoft focusing more on enterprise solutions and integration. Recently though, in an effort to form a single link for smartphone users, Microsoft added the much-praised feature which allowed android phones to mirror on your PCs. According to an article on Android Police’s website though, there have been some issues reported about it.

To get a better understanding of the context, let us explain how the feature works. Microsoft, in an effort to allow smartphone mirroring, used the phone’s Bluetooth connection to link the two devices. This used BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) technology which allowed for a connection without putting too much strain on the smartphone. While this was a good idea, in theory, it did not translate so well. To fix the quirks, Windows pushed a bunch of fixes and updates. To bring it up to par, the company decided to work with Samsung to form “Link to Windows”. What this feature allowed was a more seamless experience and low latency as well. Sadly though, as we know that every device, its architecture is different from the other, this didn’t translate well to other android devices.

Users can mirror their phones (now Samsung only) via this feature.

Fast-forwarding to today, Microsoft is planning to release a new update, the Windows 10 Insider build 19013, which would not only slash the BLE method of screen mirroring, but it would also make sure that the only way devices may connect would be via Link to Windows. The implications are as predicted. Suddenly all the devices which previously could connect to Windows machines are not compatible anymore. To further extend the blow, not even all Samsung devices are supported for this feature. The list for devices supported by this update was added as well, which included phones which aren’t Samsung devices and launched before 2019. The list includes:

  • Samsung Galaxy Fold
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10/ Note 10+
  • Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+/S10e
  • Samsung Galaxy A30s/A50s/A90

While this clearly doesn’t look so exciting for other android users, people who are lucky enough to have support may choose to opt for it in the Advanced Settings of their devices. While this is the case, hoping for a wide android release is a longshot. What isn’t a longshot though is hoping that by the time of the stable release, Microsoft would add support for Samsung phones which came before 2019. For those users, we wish them the best of luck.

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