After announcing at the Windows 11 launch event that the new operating system can run Android apps, more information has been revealed about how the feature works – in particular, you can download Android apps at from the web and not just from the Amazon Appstore.
This means that just like on Android devices, you can download app APKs (the app, but not attached to a traditional app store) from websites and platforms like Github and the run on your Windows 11 PC. While this opens the door to a lot more apps on Windows, the system won’t be as easy as downloading an app from the Microsoft Store because you can’t get updates without re-downloading a newer version of the APK file.
You will also be without support for Google services, so several Google apps such as Maps will not work. XDA Developers reports that other apps, like Twitter, work relatively normally on devices without Google services, but don’t deliver push notifications. All in all, it seems like this is a random scenario once Windows 11 finally launches.
That being said, it is likely that the majority of users will download Android apps from the Amazon store, as they will be integrated into the refreshed Windows 11 Microsoft Store.
Microsoft runs Android apps through a new software translation technology called Intel Bride. Despite the name, this technology works on machines powered by AMD and ARM and is unrelated to the hardware powering your PC. With that in mind, running mobile apps on Mac M1s and Chrome OSs has been a pretty lackluster experience so far, so we won’t be holding our breath for the excellent performance of Android apps on Windows 11 either.
Source: XDA Developers
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