Windows 11 is set to launch on October 5 and it won’t include
Windows Subsystem for Android. Android apps will run
natively on Windows 11 next year, but Windows Insiders will be
allowed to download the mobile apps directly from the new
Windows Store in the coming weeks.
Microsoft has struggled to address the “app gap” problem of
Microsoft Store (formerly Windows Store). The native app store
lags far behind Google Play Store, but the overall situation is
likely to improve with Windows 11.
Instead of restricting its app store to native Windows apps,
Microsoft is now allowing Amazon app store’s Android apps on
Windows 11. The company is internally testing Windows 11’s
Android integration and the Windows Subsystem for Android has
now made its way online.
In addition to the Microsoft Store listing, Geekbench 5
results have now appeared
online, highlighting the potential performance of the
The results vary significantly and Subsystem for Android seems
to offer decent performance on PCs with up to 16GB of RAM:
- Single-Core Score: 670
- Multi-Core Score: 2217
- Single-Core Score: 371
- Multi-Core Score: 922
- Single-Core Score: 371
- Multi-Core Score: 880
- Single-Core Score: 372
- Multi-Core Score: 881
- Single-Core Score: 359
- Multi-Core Score: 872
- Single-Core Score: 417
- Multi-Core Score: 1139
- Single-Core Score: 442
- Multi-Core Score: 1213
- Single-Core Score: 432
- Multi-Core Score: 1297
- Single-Core Score: 577
- Multi-Core Score: 4908
As per the benchmark, Windows 11’s Android subsystem can score
up to 4,900 points in multi-core tests and 1,100 in
single-core. The performance is close to Snapdragon 865-powered
flagship Android phones like OnePlus.
Of course, these results are not an accurate representation of
the performance as benchmarks can be easily faked and results
will vary if tests are performed on a high-end processor.
Regardless, Windows 11’s Android subsystem performance is going
to be decent, but you’ll need at least 8GB of RAM for a usable
As per the listing, Android apps are going to require 8GB of
RAM and 16GB would be recommended for the best
experience. ARM64 and x64 processors are supported, and
Microsoft has confirmed Xbox support won’t be included.
Android subsystem system could be updated via Microsoft Store
As you can see in the above screenshot, Windows 11 Android
subsystem will require Build 22000, so it’s possible that the
feature will be backported to version 21H2 of Windows 11 which
is shipping on October 5.
It’s also worth noting that some components of the Android
subsystem can be updated via the Microsoft Store, but the
entire subsystem won’t be hosted in the Store.
These leaks suggest that Windows 11’s Android app feature is
around the corner and it could be included in the upcoming
builds from the active development channel. However, general
availability is not expected until early 2022.