Although Microsoft may have announced that its new Windows 11 update will offer support for Android apps, what we ended up seeing is a collaboration between Microsoft and Amazon whereby the latter’s app store is integrated into the Window’s app store.
Until recently, Google is reportedly planning an official collaboration with Microsoft in order to bring Android games to Windows PCs by the year 2022.
In fact, the Google Play Games application will now be made available starting in 2022 and it will allow games from Google Play to run as efficiently as possible on a Windows laptop or tablets and even on desktop PCs.
“Starting in 2022, players will be able to experience their favorite Google Play games on more devices: seamlessly switching between a phone, tablet, Chromebook, and soon, Windows PCs,” says Greg Hartrell, Google’s product director of games on Android and Google Play, in a statement to The Verge.
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“This Google-built product brings the best of Google Play Games to more laptops and desktops, and we are thrilled to expand our platform for players to enjoy their favorite Android games even more.”
According to a Google spokesperson Alex Garcia-Kummert in a statement to The Verge, the company is said to have built the application on its own without necessarily partnering with either Microsoft or even a popular cross-application emulator developer BlueStacks.
The upcoming app will also allow players to resume games on a desktop PC, after playing them on a phone, tablet, or Chromebook.
The application was teased during The Game Awards where Google promised to release the app on the Windows platform by next year.
One thing that’s not yet known is the technology that Google will be using to emulate Android applications on Windows despite the fact that the said games will be run locally on Windows machines rather than from the cloud.
“This will be a native Windows app distributed by Google, which will support Windows 10 and up,” explains Hartrell. “It will not involve game streaming.”
Google’s app won’t rely on any special integration with Windows 11, and the company will also distribute the app itself.
Google is probably just capitalizing on the underlying Windows Subsystem for Android which is built within the Windows 11 operating system.
The fact that Microsoft only partnered with Amazon’s app store to bring the Android experience to Windows means that users will be limited to the number of applications they can access unless you want to install the BlueStacks emulator.
While Microsoft, and now Google, work on bringing Android apps and games to Windows, BlueStacks has gone a step further and is now bringing Android games to web browsers.
YES! BlueStacks X is a free way to play Android games directly from your web browser. BlueStacks has been the leading developer in the cross-platform emulator market and they’re still flourishing.