Android apps on Windows 11 explained
Android apps on Windows 11 explained
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Android apps on Windows 11 explained

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Speaker 1: Android apps are coming to windows 11, but there's a few things you need to know. Microsoft announced that the newest version of windows will be able to run Android apps. Here's how Microsoft's Panos pane explained how this whole thing works. Speaker 2: And they're discoverable through the Microsoft using the Amazon app store. It's really cool. And we use Intel bridge technology to bring it to life. So it's just seamless and [00:00:30] smooth. Speaker 1: So if you wanna get an Android app onto a windows 11 device, you would need to go to the Microsoft store. There's a mobile app hub powered by Amazon's app store. From there you can all Android apps onto your windows machine pane said those apps could be integrated into start or the task bar. They also seem to support some kind of resizing. Now, in this demo, you can see TikTok being pinned to the right side of the display with a second app to its left. However, did you notice that the TikTok window [00:01:00] went from this really clean look with video taking up almost the entirety of its window to this app with big white borders on the sides? Yeah. Now I don't know if all apps will look like that, but this is what Microsoft showed off. This might be one of the good examples that the company was proud of. Speaker 1: Keep that in mind. Now let's dig into that whole Amazon store part. When it comes to Android apps, there isn't just one place where you can get Android apps. You can get them from anywhere online, including [00:01:30] multiple app stores. Google has its play store with over 3 million apps and Amazon has its app store. Amazon app store can be installed on any Android phone and is found on fire tablets. The Amazon app store has a catalog of around 500,000 with big name apps like Instagram, outlook, Netflix, Uber, and more, but you will not find official apps for Gmail, Google maps or YouTube apps made by Google are not [00:02:00] in the Amazon app store. The YouTube companies, not the best of friends. Will this be a deal breaker for people? It really shouldn't be considering. This is still windows 11, and you can just, you know, open a browser and access Gmail or YouTube. Speaker 1: There also not every app in Amazon's app store will run on windows 11. Amazon says the initial Amazon app store selection will be available to windows customers. Later this year. Amazon also says that its app store team will be in contact with developers later this year [00:02:30] to share info on how to publish to windows. So now we have an idea of how we'll be able to get Android apps from the Microsoft store through Amazon, but there's more Panos also said we use Intel bridge technology to bring it to life. What does that mean? Does that mean that Android apps will run only on Intel based windows machines? My good pal, Mary Jo Foley, over at ZDNet found out Microsoft VP of the windows developer platform. Kevin Gallo told her that the Intel [00:03:00] bridge will not be needed on AMD or arm devices to get Android apps to run on them. Speaker 1: In other words, Android apps will run on windows 11, regardless of the processor. This is going to be one interesting experiment just because a device can run Android apps do does not mean they will run well. Chrome OS runs Android apps, but even that is not seamless. Think about that for a second. Google is behind both and the experience [00:03:30] is not super smooth. Also windows devices usually have large screens. Will we see Android apps that take advantage of a larger screen? I mean maybe then there's the whole Microsoft working with Amazon thing. Could this be the start of a longer term partnership? Let me know what you make of this. And if you're excited about putting Android apps on your windows machine, I'm Maya, Zach Turner, and I'll see you online.

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