Here’s how Microsoft is bringing Android apps to Windows 11

Windows 11 with Android apps

Windows 11
was announced earlier today with a range of new features
and improvements, including a new Microsoft Store and Android
apps support.
Microsoft has confirmed Android apps support for Windows
11, but there’s more to the story – the company is
apparently working with Amazon to enable Amazon Appstore
integration.

With the upcoming Windows 11, the Redmond-based software giant
is introducing support for Android apps in a partnership with
Intel and Amazon.

Microsoft is not using emulation technology. Instead, your
desktop platform would be able to run Android apps downloaded
from the Microsoft Store natively, though the actual download
process is powered by Amazon Appstore. In other words,
Microsoft is bringing Amazon Appstore, already available on
Android, to Windows 11.

The Android section in Windows 11’s native store will be
powered by Amazon and the integration of Appstore will unlock
new opportunities for Amazon developers, according to the
company.

Android apps Windows 11

“The expanded mobile app selection in the Microsoft Store is
powered by the Amazon Appstore,” Amazon said. It’s not yet
clear if developers can submit the apps directly to Microsoft
Store, but initially, users can only find Android apps through
Amazon Appstore in the Windows 11 store.

It’s worth noting that not all Android apps will work on
Windows 11. For example, apps using Google services will simply
not work.

Amazon Appstore

Likewise, not all existing Amazon Appstore apps will be
included on Windows automatically. The process will require
action from Amazon developers and more details be shared this
year.

Currently, Android apps support requires Intel Bridge
Technology, which is exclusive to Intel PCs. This technology is
a “runtime post-compiler” that enables mobile apps to run
natively on x86-based devices.

In addition to the compiler, Microsoft is using Intel’s
multi-architecture XPU strategy to improve the experience by
sharing workloads between Android and Windows programs. It also
enables deeper integration with Windows graphics and CPU loads.

TikTok Android app

It’s possible that the Windows Subsystem for Linux technology
will be used in the background to improve Android apps
experience on Windows.

Very little has been revealed about technical requirements to
run Windows 11 Android, so we don’t know how WSL is involved in
the implementation. We also don’t know when the feature will
work on AMD or ARM processor, but Microsoft and Amazon have
promised to share more information later this year.

Windows 11 is currently projected to launch in the fall and it
comes with a brand new interface, including a new Windows
Store. During the event,
Microsoft confirmed Windows 11 is a free upgrade for
Windows 10 users and it will begin rolling out to Insiders in
the last week of July.

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