Windows 10’s Shared Experiences feature now supports Android apps

With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft introduced a new feature called Continue App Experiences (which is soon going to be called Shared Experiences with the upcoming Creators Update). The Continue App Experiences feature is powered by Microsoft’s Project Rome, which allows developers to share experiences across devices on their apps. For instance, the official MSPoweruser app on Windows 10 lets you continue reading an article from your PC on your Mobile device (and vice-versa) — and all of this is made possible by Project Rome and Shared Experiences.

Microsoft is now bringing Project Rome to Android devices. At the Windows Developer Day event today, Microsoft announced that the company is releasing an official Project Rome SDK for Android apps. With the new Project Rome SDK, apps built with Java or Xamrin can now share experiences across a Windows 10 device and an Android device. Here’s how the feature works:

  1. The Remote Systems API to discover other Windows devices that the user owns. The Remote Systems APIs will allow an app to discover these devices on the same network, and through the cloud.
  2. Once discovered, the Remote Launch API will launch his app on another Windows device.
  3. Once the app is launched on the other device, the user can use remote app services to control his app running on Windows from his Android device. Microsoft not releasing this functionality in the release today, but it is coming soon in a future release of the Android SDK.

If you build cross-platform apps for Android and Windows 10 devices, you can use the Project Rome SDK from GitHub here to try out and enable the new Shared Experiences feature in your app.

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