Windows 11 is getting Android apps – you will soon be able to natively run PUBG Mobile and other popular Android apps and games
Windows 11users will be able to run Android apps and games natively.
- For this, Microsoft has teamed up with Amazon, allowing users to download titles from the Amazon Appstore.
- This surprise feature addition to Windows 11 is Microsoft’s answer to Apple allowing iOS apps on macOS devices with M1 chips.
AdvertisementAndroid apps are coming to Windows 11. Microsoft revealed the new feature at its virtual Windows event on June 24. This will allow you to run popular apps and games natively on your Windows computer or laptop once you install the Windows 11 update.
Microsoft has teamed up with Amazon to embrace the age of apps, after years of attempts with its app store on Windows. By making it possible to run Android apps natively on Windows 11, Microsoft might not have to worry about Windows being left behind anymore.
At the event, Microsoft revealed that Windows 11 users will be able to download apps from the Amazon Appstore. These apps will be listed in the revamped Windows Store, which will then lead users to the Amazon Appstore. In the future, Microsoft could allow developers to directly publish their Android apps and games to the Windows Store, but that is just a possibility at this moment.
Microsoft’s answer to Apple allowing iOS apps on macOS
Although Apple is a minor player when it comes to desktops and laptops, Microsoft is proactively responding to the recent additions that Apple has made to macOS.
One of these is the fact that users can natively run iOS apps on macOS if they have an M1-powered MacBook or iMac.
Say goodbye to Android emulators
During the event, Microsoft demonstrated the popular short-video app TikTok. This suggests you can run a plethora of Android apps and games on Windows 11, which includes popular titles like
Developers to get up to 100% of their revenue from apps and games on the Windows Store
At a time when the debate around revenue sharing from apps and games on app stores has been heating up, Microsoft threw another surprise during its Windows event – developers will get up to 100% of their revenue from titles sold on the Windows Store.
Microsoft’s direction in this regard is the complete opposite to that of Apple’s and Google’s – and it shows that the Windows-maker is desperate enough to bring developers to its app store.
However, it could be a win-win for both Microsoft and the developers, who have a massive install base to cater to thanks to the popularity of Windows.
Developers who host their apps and games on the Windows Store will have the option to use their own commerce platforms. Doing so will allow them to keep 100% of their revenue. This option will be available for developers from July 28.
Microsoft's first attempt at making laptops more like tablets was a disaster. Now it's making up for that nearly a decade later with Windows 11.
Microsoft just took a direct shot at Apple's controversial App Store policy with Windows 11
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