It was revealed that Microsoft has begun testing the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA), which allows Android applications to run on Windows 11. Starting today, this feature is available to Windows Insiders on the Beta channel.
Windows 11 can now run Android apps but there are limitations
Android apps available for download can be found in the Microsoft Store, which has pages describing different products, along with links to download them from the Amazon Appstore. Android apps can function side-by-side with Windows software and can be moved around within the workspace, pinned to the taskbar, and more as needed.
According to reports, Microsoft has partnered with Amazon to prepare 50 Android apps for insiders to test. Users will be able to interact with mobile games, children’s apps, book readers, and more. Of course, 50 apps are just a small part of the more than 3 million apps available on the Play Store, or 600,000 apps published on the Amazon Appstore … It is currently unknown how many applications will be available to users when the WSA subsystem becomes public.
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Recall that the WSA subsystem is based on the Linux kernel and the Android 11 operating system. The subsystem is a Hyper-V virtual machine that performs the tasks of mapping the runtime and APIs in the AOSP environment to the Windows graphical environment, input modes, and other operating system components.
Windows 11 got people interested, but few are willing to buy a new computer for it
According to online sources, many people do not intend to buy a new computer or laptop to upgrade to Windows 11. This conclusion follows from the results of a survey conducted by the OnePulse platform.
According to available data, 1,000 people from the US and UK took part in the OnePulse survey. Thus, in the US, 14.6% of respondents plan to purchase a new device running Windows 11 by the end of the year. In the UK, this figure is even lower; only 12.4% of respondents expressed a desire to buy a computer or laptop with the new Microsoft operating system. At the same time, 22.6% of respondents plan to buy a device with Windows 11 next year; but many (42%) intend to keep the current device, later upgrading their operating system to Windows 11.
The survey also found that users generally like Microsoft’s new software platform today. 51.6% of respondents had a positive impression of Windows 11; while only 8.1% of respondents expressed a sharply negative attitude towards the OS. At the same time, about 40% of respondents were in favor of not making premature conclusions; until the OS becomes more mature. In their opinion, Windows 11 should be evaluated later; when Microsoft releases several functional updates, gets rid of known issues; and makes previously announced tools such as support for launching Android applications publicly available.
Well, those limitations are destroyed almost! By some workarounds many dev insiders including me got the WSA running on Dev channel. We also managed to sideload apps via built in adb capabilities! Just trying some ways to get GMS & GSF on it to make some GSF dependent app run natively!