Windows 11 Will Run Android Apps From Amazon Appstore

Microsoft today held an event where it unveiled Windows 11, the next generation of Windows with a new design, new versatility capabilities, gaming improvements, and more. One notable announcement was that, starting with Windows 11, PCs will be able to run Android apps.

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Logically, Microsoft would partner with the Google Play Store to offer Android apps on its platforms. However, the company is taking a different route, partnering with Amazon to open Windows 11 to Android apps. As reported by The Verge, users will search for an Android app offered through the Amazon app marketplace directly within the newly redesigned Microsoft App Store.

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Android apps will run on the platform using Intel's "bridge technology." Like traditional Windows apps, Android apps can be added to the new centered Windows taskbar, pinned, and snapped to different multitasking modes. Specific details remain unknown, such as hardware requirements and developers' need to make their Android apps runnable on Windows 11.

Microsoft's announcement draws comparisons to Apple's announcement with macOS Big Sur last year and its transition to Apple silicon. Thanks to Apple silicon and the common architecture shared among Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, macOS can now run ‌iPhone‌ apps.

Despite Apple's best intentions, the experience of running iOS apps on Apple silicon Macs has been rough due to Mac's input being fully trackpad and keyboard-based, compared to the direct touch experience the apps were initially designed for. Apple has attempted to solve the issue by introducing touch alternatives, which turn the Mac trackpad into a "virtual touch screen."

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Top Rated Comments

ericg301 Avatar
13 weeks ago

Well, I do like the new Win11 look .. a lot.
That’s because it looks like MacOS
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DHagan4755 Avatar
13 weeks ago
Hopefully it will run more smoothly than the live stream announcing it!
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jwilson25 Avatar
13 weeks ago
Microsoft: "Windows 10 is the last version of Windows"

Also Microsoft "You're going to love Windows 11!"
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KaliYoni Avatar
13 weeks ago

Logically, Microsoft would partner with the Google Play Store to offer Android apps on its platforms. However, the company is taking a different route, partnering with Amazon to open Windows 11 to Android apps.
"It's a Seattle divorced ex-CEO billionaire thing. You wouldn't understand."
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Stromos Avatar
13 weeks ago
Guess I'm the only one to actually watch the keynote. It was a direct attack on Apple and anyone on this site should watch it because you will catch the jabs pretty easily.

Microsoft store will charge ZERO commissions if a developer wants to bring their own commerce back-end to sell their apps on the Windows Store.

Multiple stabs at user and developer choice.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kylo83 Avatar
13 weeks ago
Windows 11 and android 12 both look better than apples software times are changing
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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