Microsoft shows off Windows 11’s Android apps, rolling out today

Windows 11 Android support rolling

Microsoft has been working on a way to run Android apps on
Windows 11 and publish them in the Microsoft Store via the
Amazon AppStore. The project is codenamed “Latte” and it’s
apparently based on the underlying tech behind Microsoft’s
Windows Subsystem for Linux and Project Astoria (Windows 10
Mobile’s cancelled Android support).

Microsoft’s Project Astoria for Windows 10 Mobile worked pretty
well without any efforts from developers of those mobile apps.
With Project Latte, Microsoft is taking the Android support in
Windows to the next level, and the goal of the integration is
to try to get more apps on the store.

Later today, you can try Android apps on Windows 11 by joining
the Insider program. In a partnership with Intel and Amazon,
Microsoft is finally rolling out the first preview of “Android
Subsystem for Windows” for Beta Channel testers. To run these
mobile apps, you’ll need Windows 11 version 21H2
Build 22000.xxx or newer.

The tech behind Android apps for Windows 11

Microsoft has confirmed that Android apps will be available on
all processor types – AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm. For better
performance and extended support, Microsoft has partnered with
Intel to leverage their Bridge Technology. Intel’s Bridge
Technology, which works on AMD and Intel systems, allows
Arm-only apps to run all hardware.

In addition to Intel’s Bridge Technology integration, Microsoft
is also introducing a new component called Windows Subsystem
for Android. This subsystem powers Amazon, mobile apps
sideloading, and it also includes the Linux kernel.

Microsoft has integrated Android Open Source Project (AOSP)
version 11 into Windows 11 and it comes with its own dedicated
settings page. The Settings page lets you adjust features like
Screen Reader, subsystem resources, improve performance of the
container, and more.

Like Linux Subsystem, Android Subsystem runs in a Hyper-V
Virtual Machine and it is able to understand APIs of Android
apps and adjust the experience of AOSP for Windows graphic
layer. This subsystem optimizes memory buffers, performance,
enables support for keyboard and mouse, and the sensors.

As mentioned at the outset, Android apps support is coming
later today and users will be able to download Android
components directly from the Microsoft Store. We’ll update the
article when it is possible to download the subsystem from the
Store.

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