Android is one operating system and Windows another. Therefore, you cannot take an application from the Google Play Store and install it as is on a PC or laptop equipped with Windows, you have to use tricks such as emulators to do so. But from 2022 it will not be necessary, because sometime next year -which is about to fall-, the same game applications that you use on your Android smartphone will be able to be used on your PC, laptop or tablet with Windows.
Android and Windows Apps
In 2022 a Google Play Games application will be available, created by Google to Allow Google Play games to run on Windows laptops, tablets, and PCs. According to Greg Hartrell, Product Manager for Google Games on Android and Google Play, in a statement to the site The Verge, from 2022 “Players will be able to experience their favorite Google Play games on more devices – seamlessly switching between a phone, a tablet, a Chromebook and, soon, a Windows PC.”
Important: It’s Google itself that has built this app on its own, which means it hasn’t partnered with Microsoft, BlueStacks, or others in this case. The upcoming app will also allow gamers to resume games on a desktop PC, after playing them on a phone, tablet, or Chromebook.
No Cloud for execution
It’s still unclear what technology Google is using to emulate Android apps on Windows, but the games will run locally rather than streamed from the cloud. Apparently it will be:
- A native Windows application
- Distributed by Google
- Compatible with Windows 10 and higher
- It will not depend on any special integration with Windows 11
- Google will distribute the app itself, without using Microsoft.
Google ad occurs months after Microsoft started testing Android apps on Windows 11 PCs. Microsoft has created an underlying subsystem of Windows for Android, which is capable of running Android applications from various sources.
The software giant has partnered with Amazon to allow Windows users to natively install games and apps from the Amazon Appstore, but native support for Google Play will not be officially available through Microsoft’s feature.
Leaked in the Epic vs Apple trial
As a curiosity, what we saw yesterday was the official announcement, but details about Google’s plans for Android applications on Windows appeared for the first time. In a document of the media trial he pitted the Epic company -authors of the famous Fortnite- against the giant Apple at the beginning of this year. Dated October 2020, the 70-page document outlined an ambitious effort to bring Android games to Macs and Windows PCs.
The document revealed that Google would first take “jemulated, native and streaming games “ to Windows, and that at least part of that effort would begin in 2022. But when is a more difficult question to answer.