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Windows 10 Will Get Android Phone Call Integration Features

By November 1, 2019May 9th, 2022Technology News

Microsoft may have given up on the idea of putting their Windows operating system on smartphones, but that doesn’t mean they’ve given up on smartphones altogether.

Recently, the company announced a significant feature addition that will allow users to take calls made to an Android phone from their Windows-based PC.

The new feature is currently only available to Windows Insiders for testing, but will be generally available to all users in an upcoming build in the unspecified, but not too distant future.  It makes use of your PCs speakers, microphone and computer screen. Using the new feature, you’ll be able to answer an incoming call from your PC, decline calls from the PC with a custom text, transfer calls between your PC and Android phone, and access your recent call history.

In order to make use of the feature, three conditions must be true:  You must be using Windows 10 Build 19H1, version 1903 or higher, and the Android phone must be running version 7.0 Nougat or higher.  In addition to that, the PC needs to have Bluetooth radio installed. Once those conditions are met, you’re all set and can turn your trusty PC into a substitute for your Android phone.

Initially, when news of the feature first leaked, it was to be available only to certain Samsung Galaxy devices. However, in the weeks since the leak, Microsoft has broadened their horizons, although a few of the features are still exclusive to Samsung’s phones.  How long that remains true is yet to be determined.

In any case, it’s a good move and a genuinely valuable addition to Windows 10’s capabilities, allowing Windows/Android users to communicate in new ways and more efficiently, to boot.  Kudos to Microsoft and Google for bridging the divide, and if you’re not a Windows Insider, stay tuned.  You’ll be able to experiment with the new functionality before you know it.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.