One of the biggest announcements in Windows 11 was that Microsoft is offering the option to run Android apps on its new operating system, powered by Intel’s new Bridge assembler that helps these apps run across x86 systems.
But despite being a system developed by Intel, Android apps via Windows 11 won’t be limited to computers with Intel CPUs.
Android apps support AMD and Arm based processors as well.
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Intel confirmed in statement Her: Intel believes it is important to provide this capability across all x86 platforms and Bridge technology is designed to support all x86 platforms, including AMD platforms.
Microsoft also confirmed that Android apps will be available for all processor manufacturers, including Arm. This is despite the fact that the company is not talking about how well these applications run yet.
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According to Intel, Bridge itself is a post-run compiler that translates applications compiled for non-x86 platforms (in this case, Android applications) into x86 instructions (which can run on Windows 11 using Intel or AMD CPUs).
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Windows 11 supports Android apps
The compiler is a bit like a reverse version of Apple’s Rosetta software for Mac computers with M1 processors. But instead of converting x86 applications to run via Arm, it allows Arm-based applications to run via x86 chips.
Arm-based Windows 11 devices, which will not need an additional translation layer, should be able to run Android apps without Intel’s Bridge Translator. This is although Microsoft has not fully explained how this works yet.
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Android apps from Windows 11 are being offered through a new partnership with Amazon’s Appstore. And Android apps like Tik Tok are listed in the new Microsoft Store. This is although users also have to be logged into Amazon accounts to be able to install the mobile apps.
Once set up, Android apps work similarly to any other Windows app. Including the ability to pin it to the taskbar or arrange it alongside other apps.