Microsoft recently introduced the world to Windows 11, in parallel with numerous new features, but one of the most impressive ones was the addition of Android apps to Windows. The curious part of that is that the process isn’t the work of Google.
Android Apps will be available from the Microsoft Store, which will access them via the Amazon Appstore.
Amazon has its custom app store for Fire tablets and streaming devices, which don’t have access to Google services.
The apps will, theoretically, run on a user’s computer like any regular app.
Though UI elements don’t seem completely resizable, users will still be allowed to arrange the app windows thanks to the new Snap Layout feature.
The apps can run thanks to the Intel Bridge technology. To put it simply, it “translates” Android apps to run on x86 devices, though we don’t yet know how smooth of a process that will be.
Additionally, Intel confirmed in an interview with The Verge that the feature would be available on AMD and ARM devices as well.
We can’t wait to see how well Android apps run on Windows devices. Microsoft’s Panos Panay stated that the technology would be “seamless and smooth,” but we can’t just accept that without any palpable proof.
Microsoft already demonstrated TikTok running on Windows, so that is a decent start.
Microsoft using the Amazon store is a pleasant sight, but there is a chance that you won’t be able to run apps that intensely rely on Google services.
Also, we believe that Google will have a say in this by making apps more challenging to work on non-Android devices.
Only time can tell. Stay tuned for more news on the subject!