Windows update from Microsoft to run Android apps like Tinder, Uber Eats on PC

The ability to run Android apps was supposed to be one of the main new features of Windows 11 when it was released in October last year, but it didn’t appear.

Yusuf Mehdi, vice president for Windows at Microsoft, says Android support will improve over time.

An update expected to be released in the coming weeks will add a “preview” of this feature to Windows 11, along with an Amazon-created Android app store, Mehdi said.

Windows 11 PC and Android phones and tablets are each capable of running on the same computer chips – x86 chips from Intel and AMD, and ARM chips from Qualcomm and Samsung – but almost all Windows PCs are on x86 chips and almost all Android devices are on ARM chips, and many Android app developers never bother to compile their apps for x86.

Native Android apps that have been compiled to run on x86 will run directly in WSA, but Android apps that have only been compiled to run on ARM chips, which make up the majority of Android apps, will need to go through a translator made by Intel, Microsoft said when WSA was first announced last year.

But with more than a billion active Windows users soon able to run Android apps, Android app developers should soon start targeting Windows users as well when designing and building their apps, Mehdi said. .

“There may be two billion Android phones, but now there are another billion Windows PCs they have to think about,” he said.

When Android apps first appear on Windows, users will be able to control them the same way they control their Windows apps, but there won’t be much interaction between Windows apps and Android apps, a said Mr. Mehdi.

But he said that over time, more interoperability would occur between Windows apps and Android apps, so that a user opening, say, an email in an Android app could easily open links in a Windows browser.

“Obviously, we are not going to do without the telephone. Your phone will always stay with you. But we think there will be a shift in usage from phone to PC,” Mr. Mehdi said.

“We’ll see how that evolves over time.”

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