The most important feature of Microsoft’s new generation of Windows 11 operating system is undoubtedly the support for running Android apps. Especially for most general users, you can run Android apps like Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, and other social and mobile game apps on their laptops. This is much more valuable than any 3A masterpiece, but what is interesting is that the website xda-developers still holds a different view. They posted that Chrome OS is the most suitable for running Android apps on the desktop platform.
XDA believes that the Android app store preset on Windows 11 is actually the Amazon Appstore, not the more officially supported Google Play Store. And Amazon Appstore actually exists in the form of an affiliate, users do not download Android apps directly from the Microsoft App Store, so you also need an Amazon account. But on ChromeOS, you can download the Android app after logging in to your Google account.
In addition, Microsoft also confirmed that Windows 11 can install the Android app through sideload, which is to install directly using the apk file. Downloading apps in this kind of gray app market is likely to bring some security and privacy risks because the app can be tampered with by criminals. Another very important issue is that the apps and in-app purchases purchased by users on the Google Play Store may not be transferred to the apps downloaded from the Amazon Appstore.
Finally, xda-developers also pointed out that there are not many x86 architecture apps on Android, and they are not well supported. But this is not very accurate, because Windows 11 uses the Intel Bridge technology to compile in real-time to run the ARM architecture Android app, not the x86 version of the Android app. So what do you think about Windows 11 being able to run Android apps? Personally, I think it’s still a very useful feature.