Yes, Phone Calling in Windows 10 is Coming to Non-Samsung Handsets

Posted on September 8, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Mobile, Windows 10 with 31 Comments

Credit: Ajith

One of the bigger surprises at Samsung’s Note 10 launch was that Microsoft’s Your Phone app would support phone calling on Samsung handsets. It was unclear at the time whether this feature would be exclusive to Samsung devices, but now it appears that we can confirm that it will not.

“Your Phone app with Calls & dialer support, I can confirm it is working,” an India-based Twitter user named Ajith tweeted yesterday. Accompanying his tweet are screenshots of the functionality, which is tied to a Realme 3 Pro handset.

Based on the shots, it appears that Microsoft will add a new Calls entry to the list of options in the Your Phone navigation bar. Other options include Photos, Photos (new) (which is itself interesting), Messages, Notifications, and Phone screen. That latter option is currently in preview, and it only works with select Android handsets.

If history is any guide, we can expect to see Calls appear in preview form in Your Phone soon, perhaps originally in Windows 10 version 20H1 Insider builds. But it should spread quickly if not immediately to other Windows 10 versions as well.

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31 responses to “Yes, Phone Calling in Windows 10 is Coming to Non-Samsung Handsets”

  1. evrgrn

    Does the call use your PC mic and speakers?

  2. sushant

    I don’t understand why there needs to be a android app for doing this?!?

    Why can’t windows use Bluetooth to turn your pc into a hands free device so at the end of the day ANY PHONE including iPhone can connect to it thinking it’s paired to a car?!?

  3. RobertJasiek

    In reply to SvenJ:

    I overlooked this because I studied the conditions of Skype and Cortana. They violate privacy and related laws so I do not use them.

  4. bearded_wacko

    Dear Rob_Wade: This article seems like a small issue in the grand scheme of things to get so angry over. I hope your day gets better and the tension eases and you can move on. Because tech companies always do weird things, that's what keeps us employed.

  5. Rob_Wade

    I don't see the point of any of this. Seriously, people, are we THAT lazy that the PHONE SITTING RIGHT ON OUR DESK TO IS DIFFICULT TO USE? I don't care WHAT platform you prefer, you can and SHOULD have your pictures automatically backing up to whatever cloud service you use (in my case, OneDrive). So, having a special app just access the pictures is just stupid to me. Same with messages or actually DIALING. This is a solution in search of a problem.

    • jgraebner

      In reply to Rob_Wade:

      What if the phone isn't sitting on your desk, but is instead in a bag or even in another room? How about if you have a headset that is connected to your Windows computer (for teleconferencing or even just for playing music) and you don't want to have to switch the connection over to your phone when making a call? What about if you want to quickly take a photo on your phone and add it to an email or document that you are writing on your computer?

      Those are just a few of the most obvious uses for this kind of interactivity between a phone and a laptop/desktop computer.

      • nbplopes

        In reply to jgraebner:

        I use call relay between devices all the time. Smartphone, PC, Tablet and smartwatch.

        Between the smartphone and PC is specially handy in the office. Starting and receiving without leaving my eyes from what I'm doing on screen while having the conversation. Look up for information, immediately send a message or email with data etc. The tablet its nice while in reading comfortably anywhere. Smartwatch while I need to answer phone calls on the fly while keeping my hands free (especially when I'm in the kitchen cooking ....).

        It's the kind of thing when you have you find plenty of practical use cases.

        Mind you knowing Microsoft it will be an implementation so green that defeats the purpose ... if and by the time they get it working in way that one can trust, one will be so insecure of its operation that will no longer give it a chance. Eventually it will be dropped grounding the decision on statistics showing that few people use it after all, not that it was really badly implemented. And Rob will be able to say that he was right all along :) MS history is full of stuff like this. I can envision that phone keep on ringing "forever" after the call its accepted on the PC and vice versa, much like it happened with Skype with XBOX One, it was so annoying that I disabled the them thing in the console. And that is if it rings reliably.

        PS: By the way I agree that an app to access photos on the phone its not really useful because there are better ways to do it in a transparent way. But this is not comparable to voice relay for several reasons, one of them is that both are used in tendem at the same time, each augmented the other in function to achieve a goal that none could do alone in ways so convenient.

  6. maktaba

    Can we say at least now that Windows phone is dead?

  7. drachemitch

    I can’t believe it’s taken Microsoft so long to do this. Texting and calling has been part of Bluetooth since it’s inception, and MacOS had it through the Address Book in MacOS 10 20 years ago (until Apple removed it because the iPhone didn’t have BT).

  8. stevestoj

    I mainly work in a home office on a computer all day, and the messages and calls functions address key scenarios for me. I wear a headset most if the day to take MSTeams calls and listen to music on my PC. When I get a call on my cell, I hate having to switch to the phone, pick it up, etc. It interrupts my flow.

    I hope the calls function is solid when they release it.

    I have a Google Pixel XL 2, so this is encouraging to see that they may support other phones besides Samsung.

  9. terry jones

    Flashback time.

    It got a lot of hate back then, but it worked great for me.

  10. RobertJasiek

    Phone calls in regular Windows have been overdue for decades but better late than never. Do we need a SIM card? Are there USB-SIM sticks? When will Windows tablets have SIM?

  11. craigb

    I love this idea. I just hope the often buggy application gets to work smoothly. Ideally it would support a USB connection instead of only WiFi and data. Not sure if technically that is possible but with Dex, Flow and other wired connections you'd think this would be possible. And it makes sense that you could leave you phone plugged into your PC and keep it charged plus have a seamless Your Phone experience. This Your Phone app is still a work in progress but it definately has its appeal if you can work, take calls, make calls, send and receive text messages etc plus see the contents of your phone screen without having to pick up the phone and keep working on your PC. Compliments to Microsoft on this one.

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