Windows 11 will support Android apps; see how it will work

The new Windows 11 app store will allow you to search and install Android apps on PC without emulation

The Windows 11 was announced last Thursday (24) by Microsoft with native support for apps Android, one of the great new systems. With the new edition, users will be able to use the Windows Store to search for mobile apps and games, install them on the computer, and run the app naturally, without the need for emulators such as Bluestacks.

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The whole process will use the Amazon Appstore, a version of Amazon’s Google Play Store, which has the technology of Intel for best results, although there is compatibility promise also Products AMD and Qualcomm.

Microsoft’s move comes on the heels of offering a similar feature in macOS: Apple’s operating system allows you to download and install apps from the iPhone ( iOS ) and iPad ( iPadOS ) on MacBooks, Mac Mini, and iMacs that offer an M1 processor. In the case of Apple, the compatibility of mobile apps is guaranteed by the processor, which uses the same architecture as the one used by Apple on its smartphones and tablets.

During the Windows 11 presentation, Microsoft demonstrated the TikTok app running on a computer with the new system. While indicating that the use of Intel Bridge technology is best suited for running mobile apps, Microsoft says that AMD products and computers with ARM processors from Qualcomm will also be compatible.

An open question regarding the support of mobile apps on the system is how they will run and how well they should run on current computers, or even older systems.

Most computers on the market run on x86 architecture processors, and in order for them to run code created for the ARM processors, which dominate the cellphone market, you’ll need some sort of compatibility layer provided by Microsoft or Intel, if yours. the device is newer and has a processor with Intel Bridge technology.

Intel Bridge

In Intel’s case, Bridge technology works as if the processor had an automatic “translator” built-in, capable of translating the Android app’s instructions into something the x86 architecture can interpret and execute. As such, Android app support in Windows 11 goes beyond traditional emulation and can guarantee good performance as long as you have a processor with Intel Bridge enabled.

Running Android apps through emulators on current computers is possible, but the experience isn’t ideal because smartphone content doesn’t always fit well on the big screen. Another recurring problem is related to performance — computers with slower processors and little RAM have difficulty with emulation — and latency, which ends up impacting those who want to play mobile games on the PC.

In this discussion of hardware support, Qualcomm might do well with its cell-phone-inspired ARM processors appearing on some laptops. Without the problem of disparity in architecture and instruction set, ARM-based computers could turn out to be a much more natural environment for Android apps on Windows.

From the standpoint of the app search and installation process, Microsoft has partnered with Amazon, which offers a rival app store to Google’s Play Store for Android. Here, users can find popular system apps, as well as games, to download and install on their PC.

With information from The Verge, 9to5Google, and Engadget

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