Windows 11 is Microsoft’s new operating system that focuses on the cloud and interoperability with openness to Android apps: everything you need to know
The app for Android will finally land on Windows 11, perfectly integrated into the next version of the operating system. Hosted in the new Microsoft Store, the applications will have the opportunity to coexist harmoniously with their native counterparts, from the Start menu to the taskbar. Still, there is something that I cannot do.
The announcement came only yesterday, during the virtual event dedicated to the operating system by the voice of Panos Panay. The company’s Chief Product Officer introduced the novelty to the listening audience after a long waiting period; for years, there had been talking of such an operation, although there were no reassuring signs on the horizon.
Despite the tools for portability from Android to Windows, the number of developers willing to carry out such projects has consistently remained low. Starting from November, the date scheduled to release their 11th edition of the Redmond operating system, much of this is destined to change.
Android App On Windows 11, What Can Be Done
To understand what is to be done, it is correct to know why. It’s easy to say: if Intel has put effort into making Android apps work on Windows 11, it’s Amazon providing them to users. It will be the digital store of the shopping giant (and not only) to migrate to the Microsoft shop.
According to the first confirmations, there are no doubts about the possibility of using the software on computers with Win 11 (excluding the transition from smartphones, as in recent months), allowing the choice between a much more comprehensive selection of tools, from productivity to entertainment passing through gaming and content creation. Windows could appear even more flexible, like what happened with Chrome OS following the addition of the packages.
Everything, according to the previews, should go smoothly and without hitches or code changes. If machines with Intel can take advantage of the presence of Bridge, a compiler that allows applications to be run natively on devices based on x86 architecture, those with AMD and Arm processors “bend” Windows 11 to the will of the app and not the other way around, eliminating the need for different technologies.
Amazon’s Android ecosystem? Good but also a thorn in the side. Of course, I could have expected a detail since the two stores appear to be in constant competition. The motivation is to be found in Google’s certification, or rather in the latter’s absence. Access to the Play Store apps, services, and, above all, the APIs with what concerns them or functions related to geolocation, security, data storage via the cloud, and others used by the robot apps, are forbidden.
In practice, it will not be possible to use many apps since the Big G services will not be active or available based on their operation. These are guesses since there is very little information on this. There are already methodologies that allow the integration of Google Play Services on non-certified phones and ROMs, which could also be reported on version 11 of the OS. But before bandaging your head, it’s fair to find out what plans Microsoft will put in place in the time that separates us from the operating system’s official release.