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Microsoft announces Android apps on Windows 11 for Insider Beta Channel

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Microsoft announced that the first preview of the Android apps on Windows 11 feature is now available via the Insiders Beta Channel in the US.
Android app support on Windows 11 now on beta testing
Android app support on Windows 11 now on beta testing

Android apps on Windows 11 feature is now in beta testing

Microsoft aims to run Android apps as natively as possible
Microsoft aims to run Android apps as natively as possible

The Android apps on Windows 11 will allow you to use and play Android apps and games on your PC and other Windows 11 devices. There are also features such as Snap Layouts to run two apps side by side, pinning apps on the Start Menu and Taskbar, mouse integration, alt-tab integration, app notification via the Action center, and more.

As a recap, Android apps will be supplied by Amazon. 50 apps will be handpicked across different categories such as mobile games, reading, kids' content, and more. Windows 11 is integrating a new feature called Windows Subsystem which includes the Linus kernel and Android OS based on AOSP 11.

If you are on Windows 11 and want to try this feature out, here's how:

1. Make sure that your PC is running on Windows 11 Build 22000.xxx series build. Here are the hardware requirements for running Android apps for Windows.
2. You also need to enable "Virtualization" for your PC's BIOS/UEFI. Microsoft was kind enough to provide a guide for that here.
3. Make sure that you are running Microsoft Store version 22110.1402.6.0 or higher. You can check this by opening the Microsoft Store > Library > Get Updates button.
4. Your PC's region must be set to the US.
5. Make sure that you are enrolled in the Windows Insider Program's Beta Channel. Here's Microsoft's guide for that.
6. You will also need a US-based Amazon account to use the Amazon app store.
7. Lastly, click here to go to the Microsoft Store for the guided steps to verify your PC's system requirements.

Beta testing is a key part to make sure that Android apps will be able to run as smoothly as possible on Windows 11. There's no update for the schedule of release since its delay back in September. It is still scheduled for a 2022 release.

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Source: Microsoft
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