Windows 11 is promising a ton of upgrades over its predecessors, not least of which is a bunch of features to enhance multitasking such as snap layouts and snap groups, enhanced support for virtual desktops, a new and improved Microsoft Teams 2.0, and an upgraded Microsoft Store, all packed into the OS with a sleek and minimalistic UI. Aside from these features, one of the most interesting additions to the new Windows was, without a doubt, its native support for Android apps, which would be able to run on the OS without the need for an emulator.
Unfortunately, while users can freely enjoy all of these additions come to the Windows 11 release date this October 5, the support for Android apps has reportedly been delayed, which means that it might be a while before we’re playing Clash of Clans or Free Fire natively on PC.
Now, Microsoft hasn’t really given a specific reason to justify the delay, except in a post on their blog where they list the features that will be available at launch. Regarding Android support, the post reads:
“Windows 11 comes with a new Microsoft Store rebuilt with an all-new design making it easier to search and discover your favorite apps, games, shows, and movies in one trusted location. We look forward to continuing our journey to bring Android apps to Windows 11 and the Microsoft Store through our collaboration with Amazon and Intel; this will start with a preview for Windows Insiders over the coming months.”
Judging from the statement, it’s probably fair to say that the Android support for Windows 11 won’t come for a long while after launch, as this preview is very likely to come sometime in 2022. Luckily, users who wish to enjoy their favorite mobile games and apps on PC can do so via BlueStacks, one of the best and most optimized Android emulators on the market. Users can already install the software in Windows 10 to start playing. And if you’re thinking of updating to Windows 11, BlueStacks will also be compatible with the new OS at launch.
Regardless, Microsoft will be working in tandem with Amazon to bring the native support for Android apps to Windows 11 as soon as possible. Personally, we’d rather them take their time to get it right, rather than release a half-baked, buggy feature that’ll eventually be pushed to the side and forgotten.
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