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Windows 11 can now run Android apps, but there are limitations

It was revealed that Microsoft has begun testing the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA), which allows Android applications to run on Windows 11. Starting today, this feature is available to Windows Insiders on the Beta channel.

Image: Microsoft

Image: Microsoft

Android apps available for download can be found in the Microsoft Store, which has pages describing different products, along with links to download them from the Amazon Appstore. Android apps can function side-by-side with Windows software and can be moved around within the workspace, pinned to the taskbar, and more as needed.

Microsoft has reportedly partnered with Amazon to prepare 50 Android apps for insiders to test. Users will be able to interact with mobile games, children’s apps, book readers, and more. Of course, 50 apps are just a small part of the more than 3 million apps available on the Play Store, or 600,000 apps published on the Amazon Appstore … It is currently unknown how many applications will be available to users when the WSA subsystem becomes public.

Image: Microsoft

Image: Microsoft

Recall that the WSA subsystem is based on the Linux kernel and the Android 11 operating system. The subsystem is a Hyper-V virtual machine that performs the tasks of mapping the runtime and APIs in the AOSP environment to the Windows graphical environment, input modes, and other operating system components.

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