Windows 11 beta testers can now install Android apps on their systems directly through the Microsoft Store. The new experience comes months after Microsoft promised to bring Android application support to Windows 11. Beta testers with Windows PCs based on AMD, Intel and Qualcomm processors can test Android applications. Microsoft claims there will be a familiar experience when running Android apps and games on Windows 11 as users will be able to run them side by side using the new Snap Layouts feature or pin either of them to the Start menu. Android apps are also built into Alt + Tab and Task View to allow users to move back and forth between apps, just like they can move between their regular Windows apps.
Microsoft has initially selected 50 Android apps for Windows 11 beta testers that are part of the Windows Insider program. These include mobile games like Lords Mobile, June’s Journey, and Coin Master, as well as apps like Kindle, Khan Academy Kids, and Lego Duplo World.
The count of 50 Android apps in Windows 11 for beta testing is pretty negligible compared to Google Play, which has nearly 3.5 million apps. The Amazon Appstore, which essentially serves as a bridge to enable Android app support in Windows 11, also has more than 460,000 Android apps.
Microsoft has integrated the Amazon Appstore within the Microsoft Store to allow users to download and install Android apps on Windows 11 computers. The company also claims that the experience of running Android apps and games on the latest Windows operating system will be as seamless. how to run a native application. This means that users will be able to interact with Android apps via mouse, touch or ink and run them side by side using the Snap Layouts feature, pin them to the Start menu or the taskbar.
Notifications from Android apps installed on a Windows 11 PC will also appear in Action Center, just like notifications from a native Windows app. Similarly, clipboard data can be shared between a Windows application and an Android application.
“We have built the experience with accessibility in mind; many Windows accessibility settings apply to Android applications and we are working with Amazon to offer further improvements, “the Windows team said in a blog post.
Microsoft has added a new component called the Windows Subsystem for Android in Windows 11 that runs on a Hyper-V Virtual Machine, similar to the Windows Subsystem for Linux. Includes the Linux kernel and Android operating system based on version 11 of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) to enable compatibility with Android applications. The subsystem is also distributed through the Microsoft Store as part of the Amazon Appstore installation.
Over time, Microsoft aims to strengthen the Windows Subsystem for Android by adding support for “more APIs, capabilities, and scenarios” to make it capable of running additional Android applications.
The new Windows subsystem is available on all types of Windows processors, including AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm. Microsoft is also working closely with Intel to use Intel Bridge technology to enable ARM-only applications to run on AMD and Intel devices. Additionally, the Redmond company has plans to connect directly with application developers to publish their Android applications to the Amazon Appstore for access on Windows 11 PCs in the future.
At this time, limited Android app support is only accessible through the Windows 11 Beta Channel in the US This means you need to make sure your Windows 11 PC is configured for the US region. The Amazon account you are using must also be based in the US To download Android applications through the Amazon Appstore.
Microsoft first showcased Android app support in Windows 11 when it introduced the new platform in June. However, it was confirmed in September that Android apps will not be part of the first Windows 11 release that debuted earlier this month.