Android Apps on Windows 11 Could Bring Apple's Seamlessness to the PC

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Gizmodo 24 June, 2021 - 06:40pm 52 views

Will Windows 10 users get Windows 11?

You'll be able to upgrade to Windows 11 for free if you're already a Windows 10 user. Windows 11 will be free to download for Windows 10 users. ... So long as your PC meets the minimum requirements, you'll be able to update to Windows 11 the same way you usually update to new versions of Windows 10. CNETWindows 11 will be free to download for existing Windows 10 users

Has Windows 11 been released?

Microsoft unveiled its revamped, redesigned Windows 11 operating system at a virtual event on Thursday. The latest operating system comes more than five years after Windows 10 was released, which was long-rumored to be the final version of Windows. ... Microsoft has released Windows 11, June 23, 2021. ABC NewsMicrosoft unveils 1st look at highly anticipated Windows 11

Will there be a free upgrade to Windows 11?

Microsoft has today confirmed that the new Windows 11 operating system will be available as a free upgrade for existing, licensed Windows 10 users. That means if you have an activated version of Microsoft's current OS de jour, and a PC that can handle it, you're already in line to get your hands on the new version. PC GamerMicrosoft confirms Windows 11 will be a free update for licensed Windows 10 users

Can you download Windows 11?

Windows 11 will be free to download for Windows 10 users. Windows 11 is on the way, and if you're already a Windows 10 user, it will be free to upgrade to Microsoft's newly redesigned operating system, the company said in a blog post after its virtual event Thursday. CNETWindows 11 will be a free update. Here's how you'll download it (if you're eligible)

With its announcement today that Android apps are coming to Windows 11, Microsoft could help bridge that gap a bit. Granted, the apps come by way of Amazon’s Appstore (more on why that’s an issue in a minute), but this is welcome news. It adds a layer of interoperability to the desktop platform that Apple doesn’t offer outside of its walled garden. And it’s especially enticing for Android users who aren’t sold on Chrome OS.

Microsoft is employing Intel Bridge technology to make the emulation magic happen. It’s a runtime post-compiler that allows apps designed for other hardware platforms to run natively on x86 devices, including desktop processors from Intel and AMD. They’re different architectures than those Android typically runs on, and it’ll be interesting to see the emulation in action.

Folks with 2-in-1 Windows devices will have more access to apps developed for use with touchscreens. Tapping around a browser and the rest of the Windows interface is fine, but sometimes it’s easier to fire up an app that’s optimized for the tablet mode.

Microsoft demonstrated how TikTok will work in Windows 11 during its announcement event, and mentioned Kindle and Ring as Android apps you can use right from a Windows 11 desktop. But those apps are already usable in the browser and wouldn’t necessarily require a mobile app to gain access.

We’re still unclear if there will be any sideloading ability in Windows 11. The Amazon Appstore is just not as well-stocked as Google’s, and the ability to install an APK could help fill in the gaps as more apps become available. In addition, it would allow for customizing the app experience on Windows rather than remain limited to what Amazon and participating developers push through.

If you’re an Android user, you’ll realize that the Amazon Appstore is hardly a replacement for the Google Play Store experience. That’s why it’s hard to imagine true seamlessness between Windows and Android devices in the same way macOS and iOS have. If you’re seeking that kind of ecosystem through your Google account, there is Chrome OS, which originated the idea of Android apps on the desktop.

Android apps will probably work fine on Windows machines, provided they don’t suffer from the same idiosyncrasies they do on Chrome OS. The new Windows 11 tablet interface will hopefully extend across all apps. Windows is also a full-fledged operating system, with access to the programs necessary for getting work done. Compare that to Chrome OS, based around Google’s cloud services, which has its limitations. At least in Microsoft’s case, Android apps are merely an add-on and not a feature with which it’s hedging bets.

Windows 11's new Android app integration may not be the immediate answer to my dreams of seamlessness across desktop and mobile devices. But it’s certainly an excellent start from Microsoft, and it makes sense that the company chose to work with Amazon, because, unlike Google, it’s not a direct competitor. Microsoft has Chromebooks to worry about, which have been selling like hotcakes throughout the pandemic. Depending on how easy Amazon’s Appstore is to use on Windows, this could be the future of a (hopefully) seamless cross-platform PC/Android experience.

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