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By Abhay V
Your Phone update for Insiders brings notification banner customization
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft’s Your Phone app has been receiving a few new features recently – at least for Insiders – in the form of support for multiple devices, the ability to control the phone’s media playback from the app, and more. The Redmond giant is also bringing the ability to run mobile apps on the PC, albeit only for select Samsung devices thanks to an expanded partnership with the South Korean firm.
Now, another small but nifty addition making it to Windows Insiders is the option to customize the banner notifications served by the Your Phone app. A new update to the app adds a section in the ‘Notifications’ settings that lets users choose how much details the toasts should contain. The three options provided include hiding all notification content and only letting the app name come through, showing just the sender’s name, or the choice to have a preview of the content in the notification prompt.
While the feature isn’t a huge addition, the ability to hide content is a welcome addition for those that rely on the app for phone notifications but would want the content to be hidden for security or privacy reasons. The feature is currently rolling out only to Insiders and should eventually make it to all users soon. It will be interesting to see if the company brings more features such as clipboard sync – which is currently limited to Samsung devices – to more phones.
By Hamza Jawad
Microsoft's Your Phone desktop app to get support for making calls
by Hamza Jawad
Microsoft's Your Phone app for Windows 10 was unveiled last year as a new UWP app to connect your phone with your PC. It has been frequently updated with the introduction of new and improved features since then. Some of these include the ability to save images directly to your PC, sync notifications, view and send MMS messages, and more. With regards to recent improvements, using Your Phone with Samsung's latest flagship handset, the Galaxy Note10, has been reported to offer a much better experience for users.
Now, it looks like Microsoft is moving on to call and dialer support for the application. Spotted first by Windows news leaker Ajith on Twitter, the feature seems to be under a testing phase in the latest version of Your Phone on Windows 10 (via Aggiornamenti Lumia).
As can be observed, users will be able to allow the making and managing of calls through a new toggle in Settings. Enabling the capability will introduce a 'Calls' option in the main menu on the left side, alongside all other functionalities. Selecting this will then bring up a dialer keypad on the right side, with the additional option to search through contacts. The center of the screen, meanwhile, will be occupied by an interface similar to how it looks on your handset when calls are made.
Although there has been no official confirmation from Microsoft yet, it does seem like the feature could be previewed on a more wider scale soon. We will keep you posted on further details as they come along.