Microsoft shows off Windows 11’s Android apps, rolling out today

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Microsoft has been engaged on a option to run Android apps on Windows 11 and publish them within the Microsoft Store by way of the Amazon AppStore. The undertaking is codenamed “Latte” and it’s apparently primarily based on the underlying tech behind Microsoft’s Windows Subsystem for Linux and Project Astoria (Windows 10 Mobile’s cancelled Android assist).

Microsoft’s Project Astoria for Windows 10 Mobile labored fairly properly with none efforts from builders of these cellular apps. With Project Latte, Microsoft is taking the Android assist in Windows to the subsequent degree, and the objective of the combination is to attempt to get extra apps on the shop.

Later today, you may attempt Android apps on Windows 11 by becoming a member of the Insider program. In a partnership with Intel and Amazon, Microsoft is lastly rolling out the primary preview of “Android Subsystem for Windows” for Beta Channel testers. To run these cellular apps, you’ll want Windows 11 model 21H2 Build 22000.xxx or newer.

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The tech behind Android apps for Windows 11

Microsoft has confirmed that Android apps might be accessible on all processor varieties – AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm. For higher efficiency and prolonged assist, Microsoft has partnered with Intel to leverage their Bridge Technology. Intel’s Bridge Technology, which works on AMD and Intel methods, permits Arm-only apps to run all {hardware}.

In addition to Intel’s Bridge Technology integration, Microsoft can be introducing a brand new part known as Windows Subsystem for Android. This subsystem powers Amazon, cellular apps sideloading, and it additionally contains the Linux kernel.

Microsoft has built-in Android Open Source Project (AOSP) model 11 into Windows 11 and it comes with its personal devoted settings web page. The Settings web page enables you to regulate options like Screen Reader, subsystem sources, enhance efficiency of the container, and extra.

Like Linux Subsystem, Android Subsystem runs in a Hyper-V Virtual Machine and it is ready to perceive APIs of Android apps and regulate the expertise of AOSP for Windows graphic layer. This subsystem optimizes reminiscence buffers, efficiency, allows assist for keyboard and mouse, and the sensors.

As talked about on the outset, Android apps assist is coming later today and customers will be capable to obtain Android parts immediately from the Microsoft Store.

How to attempt Android apps proper now

To attempt Android apps, change your beta channel system’s area to the United States, test for updates within the Microsoft Store and guarantee that Store is up-to-date. Once completed, go to Amazon’s AppStore listing in the Microsoft Store and check in together with your Amazon US account to obtain Android apps.