Undoubtedly, one of Google’s most successful products is Android, a promising development in 2005, when the search engine company bought its developer, Android Inc. More than 13 years have passed since the launch of its first version, and throughout these years it has known how to first become and then consolidate as the Most used smartphone operating system in the world, with 70% market share according to December data from Statcounter:
In the early years of smartphones, Microsoft tried to bring its leadership in desktop operating systems to this new ecosystem with Windows Phone, but for whatever reasons, it never reached the levels they expected in Redmond and consequently their development was terminated a few years later. That was probably the moment when Android and Windows started to have a better relationship.
And it is normal, of course, after all, with Microsoft out of the operating systems for smartphones, and with Google concentrating exclusively on the Chromebook fiefdom and without plans to compete with Windows, the possibility of making the system The most used operating system on PC, Windows, will begin to have good relations with the most used operating system on smartphones, Android.
And yes, it is true that the integration of Android in Windows has given much to talk about in recent months, but we can actually look much further back, with developments such as the one that, back in 2015, was already exploring the possibility of running Android binaries in Windows 10. Since then, and periodically, we have had new news about it. However, everything accelerated substantially when it was Microsoft itself that got down to work.
The relationship between Windows and Android is actually two-way that may be complementary but do not necessarily go hand in hand. On the one hand, we have the one that we have been seeing the longest, and that consists of making Windows can run the Android app. On the other hand, we find the one that seeks to establish a connection between Windows and Android smartphones, thus allowing the use of smartphone functions from the desktop.
The first of them is part of the new features of Windows 11 and, although with some limitations, we can already consider it completed. The second depends mainly on Your Phone, a Microsoft application to establish a connection with smartphones and that, although it is also compatible with iOS, unfolds its full potential when used with Android terminals.
Although so far Microsoft and Google have already collaborated in this regard, Google has taken advantage of this CES 2022 to report its plans to improve the connection between Windows and Android.
«For the first time with Android, we are also focusing on building for other platforms, such as Windows, be it in games, productivity or other areas. For example, by connecting your Android phone to your Windows PC with Fast Pair, you can quickly set up Bluetooth accessories, sync text messages, and share files with Nearby Share.«, We can read on the Google blog.
The search engine company has not given more information, at the moment, on the steps that will be taken to improve said connection. However, it does seem that, at least initially, it won’t be a universal solutionas Google claims that it is working with Acer, HP and Intel to ‘bring these experiences first to select Windows PCs later this year«.