Danish Kapoor
Danish Kapoor

Windows will soon bring the ability to copy text from Android photos

In the new version of the Phone Link application, Microsoft introduces the feature of selecting and copying text from photos from Android devices. This innovation is currently available in Release Preview Insider builds and is expected to be available to all users soon. Thanks to this feature, users will be able to easily select and copy texts in photos synchronized from their Android phones to their computers.

Phone Link offers the opportunity to mirror the entire phone screen, as well as calls, messages, notifications and photos on Android phones, to the computer. iOS devices are supported to a limited extent and notifications, messages and calls can only be synchronized via Bluetooth. This new feature will make Android users' workflow even more efficient.

Windows Snipping Tool and Text Extraction Feature

Last year, the Windows Snipping Tool gained text extraction, and the Phone Link app also received photo sharing notifications. However, this update goes one step further by allowing users to extract text directly from within the app. This new feature is available in Phone Link version 1.24051.91.0 and can be tested on Insider Preview Build 22635.3646 (Beta Channel).

In tests conducted with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, it has been observed that text extraction performance has some errors compared to Samsung and Apple's text extraction tools. For longer texts, it may be more convenient to enable cross-device copy-paste and extract the text on the phone and send it to the PC this way. This method can help users obtain more accurate results.

This new feature of Microsoft Phone Connection will provide great convenience, especially in the business world and education. Users will be able to quickly digitize meeting notes, book excerpts or any written content. This will save time as well as increase work efficiency.

This move by Microsoft strengthens the integration between Windows and Android ecosystems. Users will experience a more seamless experience between their phones and computers, minimizing the difficulties experienced in switching between devices. Such integrations make clear how technology can simplify daily life.

Danish Kapoor