You can now try out Android apps on Windows 11

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  • Microsoft had earlier announced that the new OS will be able to run Android apps.
  • Users were not able to see the as upon the release of the OS.
  • The try out is currently available only to Windows Insiders on the Beta Channel.
Windows 11 Android apps

Among the many enticing features that were announced when Microsoft announced Windows 11 was on the horizon, the system’s ability to run Android apps stood out. That was four months ago.

A few weeks ago when the OS was officially released, users were not amused when this functionality was missing despite the promises.

Good news

It seems that Microsoft is sticking to its promises as Windows Insiders on the Beta Channel will get a chance to try the new feature. 

The try out will for now only be limited to the Windows Insiders and not other Windows 11 users. According to the leak released, the android apps are set to improve the multitasking process. 

Requirements 

As has been the routine with Microsoft, your PC needs to meet certain hardware requirements and be on Windows 11 (Build 22000.xxx series builds).

  • You will need to enable virtualization for your PC’s BIOS/UEFI.
  • You need to set your PC’s region as U.S.
  • You need to be in the Beta Channel.
  • You need to have an Amazon account based in the U.S to connect to the Amazon Appstore.

Seamless integration and familiarity 

According to Microsoft’s general manager Giorgio Sardo, once users get the hang of running Android apps on Windows 11, it will feel familiar and effortless. The integration is seamless and users can easily run these applications with the new Snap Layouts feature. 

You can also quickly switch between apps through the Alt + Tab and Task view. Notifications are also available in the Action Centre or share your clipboard between an Android app and Windows app.

Microsoft is also currently working with Amazon to deliver more improvements. The partnership will see another 50 apps availed for try outs in the coming months.

Are you excited to try out the new features? Let us know in the comment section below.