Full Windows on Huawei phones

Setting up a remote desktop connection nowadays is a pretty common thing. It’s a useful feature that comes in handy for presentations, Microsoft already has a remote desktop app that allows you to connect to a remote PC and your work resources from almost anywhere. Microsoft Remote Desktop app allows users to connect to a remote PC or virtual apps and desktops.

According to a new report, Huawei is also working on a new app that connects the phone to a Remote Desktop session and runs Windows 10. It appears to be a remote access to a VM in the cloud.

Windows 10 emulation

Huawei today at CES Asia 2018 announced a new project called Huawei PC Cloud that brings full Windows 10 to smartphones via the Remote Desktop session.

You can install the app on smartphones such as Huawei P20 Pro and connect to a remote session of Windows 10. It’s worth mentioning that there are tons of third-party applications available in the app stores aiming to make it easier to connect to a remote desktop session.

Huawei is allowing users to plug their phone into an external mouse, keyboard, and monitor to switch to a desktop-like experience on a large screen.

The company appears to be using a dock to connect the phone to a monitor and run Windows 10 on the monitor with access to the phone’s internal storage.

Full Windows 10 on phones

Huawei is using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), and it also allows users to edit the files stored in the phone directly from the connected monitor.

The Cloud PC app will work on Huawei P20, P20 Pro, Mate 10, Mate RS and MediaPad M5 tablet. The app would become available for download in China on June 26.

  • Forjo Atinxan

    I don’t really get why Remote Desktop is news? How is this any different from Microsoft Remote Desktop — already available for all platforms?

    Step 1: License and spin up a Windows 10 Remote Desktop Server in Azure or AWS.
    Step 2: Create web registration portal for users.
    Step 3: Install MS Remote Desktop App on devices.
    Step 4: Provide users with server address.

    Anyone can do this.

    • JohnW

      It appears this is Azure but the key difference is that you don’t have to battle through the consumer unfriendly process detailed above. Licensing and “spinning up” anything is well beyond the general public.

      • Forjo Atinxan

        True. But by “anyone” I meant any service provider, phone vendor, or company IT department (or in my case, IT consultant). It’s very easy to bring up a Server 2016 Remote Desktop Server.

        And if you have a static IP address at home, you can easily connect to your own PC as long as you have a Pro or higher edition of Windows).

    • Mayank Parmar

      Yep, updated the title.

      • Forjo Atinxan

        Reread your article and one other — the one value-add that I see is that their service allows access to the phone’s local storage — something (at least on Windows Phone) Microsoft’s Remote Desktop does not. I don’t know if this is supported on other platforms, however.

    • 000

      I think huawei could deploy machines already setuped…
      e.huawei. com/en/solutions/business-needs/data-center/azure-stack?utm_campaign=eebghq187020b&utm_medium=display&utm_source=news&source=cebit2018

  • 000

    Now everyone want Windows…also ChromeOS will be enabled for run Windows10!

  • Alfred Soyemi

    This further shows how Windows is good as a service. All you need is your phone and you can use your personalized session of windows in the cloud. All you need to work like a boss is a monitor and that dock.

  • WPJ

    Recently companies do things just because they can. Throwing messy things at a wall not even caring if it sticks. But only if it takes $0 in R&D costs. Never mind the folks who find themselves abandoned tomorrow because the service shuts down, hey, it’s called 21st century progress, always in beta.

  • JohnW

    One obvious thought is that with some clever integration this could fix most of the complaints about WoA.