New Windows 10 20H1 Build Brings Your Phone Improvements

Posted on May 29, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Mobile, Windows 10 with 12 Comments

Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10 20H1 to Insiders in the Fast ring. And this one actually has some interesting changes, all for the Your Phone app.

“We’re bringing multiple new features to the Your Phone app in this build,” Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar writes. “Try them out and let us know what you think.”

Here’s what’s new in the Your Phone app Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18908:

New messaging features. You can now send and receive images and GIFs, including Giphy, in MMS messages. There’s a new unread message indicator. Contact thumbnails for all of your contacts will sync with Your Phone so you can more easily identify who you’re messaging with. You can quickly reply to text messages inline in notifications without having to open the app. And you can now add emojis to your text messages right from within the app.

Mobile sync over cellular. As with the shipping version of the app, you can now sync to your PC over cellular instead of just Wi-Fi.

New accessibility features. Microsoft has introduced two new accessibility features in this build, screen reading and focus tracking. Screen reading works with the Windows 10 TalkBack feature, and Focus tracking lets you follow your keyboard focus and mouse pointer input while using Android screen preview.

Keyboard language and layout. Using a new button on the screen preview window, you can change your keyboard language or layout.

New icons. Your Phone (Windows 10) and Your Phone Companion (Android) both have colorful new Fluent-inspired icons.

New phone model support. Phone screen preview now supports additional Samsung phone models, including the Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+.

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