One of the most anticipated functions of Windows 11 is, without a doubt, the compatibility with Android apps. And is that Microsoft’s interest in Android is nothing new. The clearest example of this is the Your Phone application, which offers many more functions for users with Android smartphones than for those who use an iPhone. Not to mention the collaboration with Samsung, so that users of the Korean manufacturer’s terminals could use the phone’s apps from their Windows PC.
That first approach was already interesting, but Microsoft’s plans, initially for Windows 10 but later transferred to Windows 11, they were much more ambitious. And it is that in that first step, the apps were shown in Windows but they were executed in the terminal, that is, it was necessary to have a smartphone dedicated to that function. However, as we told you at the beginning of the year, the Redmond plans aimed for Windows itself to be able to run apps originally designed for Android.
With the announcement of Windows 11, one of the first things we knew about Microsoft’s new OS was just that, that the system would allow the installation and execution of apps for Android. With one caveat, yes, that we already knew before: apps should not use Google services, as these are not available in Windows. So the key was to rely on AOSP (Android Open Source Project), the free version of the operating system.
About two months ago we learned that the Android subsystem for Windows 11 would not be ready for the launch of the operating system, which left us wondering how long we would have to wait until one of the most remarkable novelties of this new Windows can be used in a general way. And since we are talking about a somewhat complex development, theories soon began to circulate that we would still have to wait a long time to see it in operation.
However, and although still in an initial phase, it seems that the company has stepped on the accelerator. And it is that as we can read in the Windows blog, Microsoft has already started testing the Android subsystem for Windows 11 with beta channel insiders. Of course, at the moment we are talking about a fairly limited test, since it is only accessible for users in the United States, and who have an Amazon account also in the American store. In addition, it is essential that the computer has the hardware virtualization functions activated and, in this first test, the number of available apps is limited to fifty.
And yes, as you may have already deduced from reading the previous paragraph, the route of arrival of these apps to the system will be the Amazon app store, which in turn will be installed from the Windows 11 application store. Undoubtedly we are talking about a fairly “smooth” first contact, but it actually makes perfect sense, because in such a broad challenge, it is better to go step by step. step, performing as many checks as necessary. However, I admit that I was struck by the fact that it was released in the beta channel, and not in the development channel.
Does this mean that the feature is closer to hitting Windows 11 than we might think? Well, the truth is that this makes me think yes. And, what is the point of releasing a new function in the beta channel, if it is not already polished enough to be in it? In the publication we can read that later it will also be taken to the development channel, I understand that when it is tested in more geographies. However, what would be the point of taking the reverse step? I understand that some apps can cause problems, but as regards the subsystem, its debut in beta seems to me a very interesting sign.