Can Windows 11 native Android support replace Android emulators?

Microsoft finally unveiled the successor to Windows 10 and named it Windows 11. It was already speculated with the enormous amount of leaks and hits out there. Windows 11 is coming to the dev channels within the weeks and will be available to Windows Insiders.

Windows 11 is coming up with tons of features from Auto HDR to Direct storage for Gaming. Microsoft added the native Android support. As per the announcement, Android apps will have their own container and behave like native Windows apps.

You can do the following with Android apps in Windows 11:

  • Add to Start Menu: Windows 11 users will be able to add these android apps and launch them right from the start menu.
  • Pin in Taskbar: You can also pin the Android apps to the taskbar just like any ordinary Windows 11 app.
  • Snapping support: You can also use these Android apps side by side just like any other Windows 11 app.

What do you need to know?

Android apps support in Windows 11 is possible due to Intel Bridge technology. Microsoft partnered with Amazon to integrate the Android apps support to Windows 11. They are basically integrating Amazon App Store in Windows App Store. So, now if a user searches for an app in the Microsoft store, it will list the apps from Amazon App Store.

Now, there are some drawbacks to this integration. It was advertised as if these apps are available directly from the Microsoft app store. However, if we dig deep into the official docs, we found that it’s not that simple.

Android Apps on Windows 11

If you want to download these Android apps from Microsoft Store, you’ll need to have two accounts, a Microsoft account as well an Amazon account. In the first installation, Microsoft Store will install the Amazon App store app itself. You’ll then need to sign in with your Amazon account.

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Can Windows 11 native Android support replace Android emulators?

Some people are comparing Windows 11 native Android support with Android emulators like Bluestacks and Nox Player. However the Windows Android Apps won’t be as powerful as an Emulator like BlueStacks or Nox Player.

Here are some points Windows 11 native Android support can’t replace Android emulators:

  1. App Store: Windows 11’s Android app store is powered with Amazon App Store. It is a major drawback over emulators. Because, Emulators come with Google Play Store pre-installed. Google Play Store is undoubtedly the biggest library of Android apps.
  2. Google Play Services: Android Apps in Windows 11 is a result of partnership between Microsoft and e-commerce giant Amazon. It doesn’t support Google Play Services, while most of the Android emulators comes with pre-installed Google Play Services.
  3. Lack of Developers: Amazon App Store have lack of app developers and choosing it for native Android support was definitely not a wise idea. Not a lot of app developers choose Amazon App Store upon Google Play Store.

Note: We hope Microsoft will improve native Android Support in Windows 11 and may partner with Google for Google Play Services and Google Play Store.

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Abhishek Verma

Abhishek Verma

Abhishek Verma is a tech enthusiast and freelance tech journalist. He has been writing about technology for 4 years. He is passionate about every aspect of technology, especially Android. Abhishek’s articles have been referred by India Today, 360Gadgets, Times of India, MacRumors, AndroidPolice, AndroidAuthority, BGR, Zee News, and many more.

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