While the new Windows 11 update might be interesting, one of the things that makes it more fascinating is the fact that it can run an Android app.
While there wasn’t any sign of Android initially, this was because the feature isn’t available for users just yet but it’s being rolled out to Windows Insiders who can get to experience the new feature first-hand.
The Android app support was announced by Microsoft for its Windows Insider Program.
According to Microsoft, the feature can be tested by Beta Channel users in the US on eligible devices that are powered by either Intel chip, AMD, and Qualcomm SoCs.
If you have access as a beta channel user, you will be able to try out the experience via the newly redesigned Microsoft Store.
Basically, it’s a partnership between Microsoft and Amazon so in case you come across Amazon Appstore preview, that’s because it’s the only channel where you’ll be able to download the Android apps and games for your Windows 11 device.
Microsoft says users will be able to run apps side-by-side, pin them to the Start menu or Taskbar and interact with them using a mouse, stylus, or touch input. You will also be able to switch between Android apps and Windows apps/programs using Alt + Tab and Task view.
You will also be able to get your Android apps’ notifications via the Action Center as well as being able to share clipboards between a Windows app and an Android app.
In fact, Microsoft also says that it’s Windows accessibility settings will also apply to the Android apps installed on your PC.
At the moment, there are 50 apps available for testing including popular games such as Lords Mobile, June’s Journey, and Coin Master while kids can learn and play with Khan Academy Kids and Lego Duplo World. The Kindle and Comics apps are also available.
What is actually making this possible behind the scene is a component called Windows Subsystem for Android that is powered by Amazon Appstore. It includes Linux Kernel and uses AOSP Android 11.