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Windows 11: Android apps can now be tried in the US

For the first time, it is now possible to run some Android apps under Windows 11: The corresponding function is available to participants in the Insider program in the USA. There are currently 50 curated Android applications in the store, which was implemented in collaboration with Amazon.

More apps should be available in the coming months under Windows 11, Microsoft writes in a blog entry. Applications already available include Amazon’s Kindle reading app, the Khan Academy Kids learning application, and the controversial Coin Master gaming app. Windows 11 systems are compatible with CPUs from Intel, AMD and Qualcomm.

These applications can be run as usual in Windows 11, writes Microsoft. Like Windows programs, the Android apps can be attached to the start menu or the taskbar, for example, and they can be controlled either with a mouse and keyboard or by touch. The applications are also integrated into the task overview via Alt + Tab. Notifications issued by the Android apps are displayed in the Action Center. The Android applications are integrated into the Microsoft Store via an Amazon App Store and can be downloaded from there.

For the support of Android apps, Windows 11 uses the “Windows Subsystem for Android”, a further development of the previous “Windows Subsystem for Linux” (WSL). Android apps can be started and managed like native Windows applications. Technically, they run in a virtual machine; a “proxy native app” bridges the gap between the application models of Android and Windows.

Microsoft announced support for Android apps at the end of June, but the integration was still missing when the new Windows version was launched on October 5th. It is unclear when the function will also be available to insiders from Germany and ultimately to all Windows 11 users.


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