Microsoft introduced Home windows 11 alongside a bazillion new options in the present day, however by far probably the most stunning of those was the introduction of Android apps to Home windows — no because of Google, apparently.
Sure, you learn that proper. Android apps can be out there proper by way of the Microsoft Retailer, which is able to pull Android apps through the Amazon Appstore. (Should you’re questioning why Amazon has an app retailer, it’s for its Fireplace tablets and streaming gadgets, which don’t use Google providers).
These apps will, theoretically, be capable of run in your PC identical to every other app. Whereas UI parts don’t seem like absolutely resizable, you’ll nonetheless be capable of prepare the app home windows utilizing the brand new Snap Format function.
The apps run utilizing Intel Bridge expertise, which principally interprets Android apps to work on x86 gadgets, though how easily they carry out stays to be seen. Furthermore, Intel has confirmed to The Verge that the function will work with AMD and ARM gadgets as nicely.
It’ll be fascinating to see how nicely Android apps run on Home windows gadgets. Microsoft’s Panos Panay claimed the expertise can be “seamless and clean,” however the proof is within the pudding. Microsoft did showcase TikTok working on Home windows, so I assume that’s one thing.
The truth that Microsoft is utilizing the Amazon retailer is fascinating, though it means you probably gained’t be capable of run apps that rely closely on Google providers.
It additionally makes me a bit cautious of the function, as I can’t think about Google may be very blissful about it, and I’m questioning if the corporate would possibly search a approach to retaliate by making it tougher for Android apps to run on different gadgets sooner or later. Android app compatibility is among the promoting factors for Chrome OS, in any case.
Nonetheless, it signifies that Home windows 11 will immediately achieve an enormous vary of apps, actually greater than what the Microsoft Retailer at the moment gives. Let’s hope they run nicely sufficient to be helpful.
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