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News hardware & software 25 June 2021, 11:09

Windows 11 Will Let Us Run Android Apps

The ability to run mobile apps from Android in the new Windows 11 is one of the most interesting novelties presented at Microsoft's conference and a response to Apple's recent actions.

It's already certain - Windows 11 exists and it will introduce quite a few changes. Microsoft's conference on June 24 lasted 45 minutes and was packed with news. One of the most interesting features turned out to be the ability to run Android app directly on a computer with Windows 11.

Mobile apps will be available on Microsoft Store through an integrated Amazon Appstore. Sounds complicated, but the conference footage suggests that finding and installing apps will be intuitive and seamless, with the Amazon store acting as a tab that groups mobile programs. You will need to log in to your Amazon account or create a new one.

Running mobile apps will be possible thanks to the Intel Bridge technology, which will provide native support on PC. There's also good news for AMD processor owners - The Verge reports that Android apps will run on any x86 hardware, regardless of manufacturer. The function will also work on processors in ARM architecture. Currently, it's hard to predict how mobile apps will behave on PCs. Apple's experience suggests that it will not do without at least some minor problems (see the box). The beginnings may be bumpy, with full functionality possible only after a few tweaks.

Android apps will be fully integrated into the new interface. This means that we will be able to pin them to the Start menu or taskbar. Apps will also work with the Snap Layouts function, which is a quick organization of several windows on the screen.

Windows 11 as macOS?

Comparisons of Windows 11 to macOS, the operating system from Apple, are common on the web. Microsoft has indeed brought its system a little closer to the competitor in terms of appearance and some features. The most striking are the centered icons on the taskbar, so far associated primarily with the competing Dock.

Running mobile apps on Windows is a response to the latest Apple computers with M1 processors. Due to their architecture, they allow for the use applications designed for iOS directly on macOS devices without the need to develop ports. Installation is done through the Mac App Store, which is analogous to the solution presented by Microsoft. At first not everything worked, it is possible that in the case of Windows it will also take some time to refine this technology.

  1. Windows 11 - official website
  2. Windows 11 presentation
  3. Windows 11 - Everything We Know About Microsoft's New System
  4. Windows 11 for Free; System Requirements Revealed

Konrad Sarzynski

Konrad Sarzynski

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