Windows 11 will support Android apps on Intel, AMD and ARM CPUs

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During the Windows 11 presentation event, Microsoft announced that the newest OS will be able to run Android apps from the Amazon App Store, which will be integrated into the new Microsoft Store. It will use the Intel Bridge technology. However, this does not mean that Android applications supported will be limited to Intel processors.

Intel believes it is important to provide this capability across all x86 platforms and has designed Intel Bridge technology to support all x86 platforms (including AMD platforms),” Intel confirmed in a statement to The Verge.

So, Windows 11 will support Android apps on AMD and Arm-based processors.

Intel notes that Bridge is a runtime post-compiler that translates apps compiled for non-x86 platforms (in our case Android apps) into x86 instructions that can run on Windows 11 with Intel and AMD processors. This is somewhat similar to Apple's reverse implementation of Rosetta for computers with M1 chips, but instead of converting x86 applications to an ARM version, Intel's technology allows ARM applications to run on x86 chips.

Intel Bridge is not supposed to be required for Windows 11 on ARM, but Microsoft has yet to explain how running Android apps on ARM devices will work.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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