Throughout Home windows 11 occasion, Microsoft promised customers will be capable to run their favorite cell apps on desktop because the tech big will combine the Android subsystem (much like the Linux subsystem) into the working system. This can carry Android apps to your desktop, Begin and the taskbar.
Microsoft lately posted a Retailer itemizing for the Home windows subsystem for Android and the unique itemizing recommended that it will be potential to run Android apps on Xbox gaming consoles.
Microsoft has now quietly up to date the Retailer web page once more to make it clear that the upcoming working system would help Android apps on desktops solely. It’s possible that the Retailer incorrectly listed help for “Xbox”, presumably because of an error within the Microsoft Retailer’s certification course of.
Moreover, Microsoft has additionally up to date the minimal necessities for the Android subsystem.
As per the up to date necessities, Home windows 11 Construct 22000.63 or newer is now required to run cell apps. In the meanwhile, Home windows Insiders are testing Home windows 11 Construct 22000.176 and Construct 22449.1000, so there’s a chance that Android apps help might additionally arrive on Home windows 11 model 21H2 subsequent yr.
It’s price noting that Microsoft could not publish all the Android Subsystem for Home windows within the Microsoft Retailer. As an alternative, this Retailer app might be used to replace or enhance some elements of the Android subsystem. Or the corporate might publish updates to WSA by way of Home windows Replace, much like the way in which it updates WSL within the working system.
For these unaware, Home windows 11’s Android function is powered by Intel Bridge Know-how, however the apps will be put in on AMD and ARM PCs as effectively.
In keeping with Microsoft officers, Home windows 11’s Android subsystem will fill the hole between the prevailing Home windows app mannequin and the upcoming Android app mannequin.
Home windows 11’s Android integration additionally makes use of a digital machine that may present help for Android Open Supply Undertaking, and Google Play providers received’t be required. Microsoft has partnered with Amazon to carry Appstore apps to the Microsoft Retailer and populate Home windows 11’s Android part.
For these unaware, Amazon’s FireOS can also be primarily based on AOSP.
The Amazon Appstore integration within the Microsoft Retailer received’t be as simple as you may think. That’s as a result of the Microsoft Retailer would require you to register to your Amazon account to obtain apps. Should you don’t have an Amazon account, you’ll have to register earlier than you possibly can obtain cell apps from the Retailer.
Home windows 11 Android apps help has been delayed for manufacturing units and it’s anticipated to reach within the steady channels in early 2022.
In the meanwhile, it’s not but clear if customers will likely be required to put in a standalone Amazon Appstore from the Microsoft Retailer to obtain Android apps.