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Intel’s Bridge technology will allow Android apps to run natively on Windows 11

Cherlynn Low

After an early build of Windows 11 made its way online, there weren’t many surprises during Microsoft’s recent “What’s next for Windows” event, but the one that did come out was a big one. The next version of Microsoft’s operating system will support Android apps. What’s more, Windows 11 won’t be only emulating them.

With the help of Intel’s Bridge technology, Microsoft’s Panos Panay promised the integration would be “seamless and smooth.” What he didn’t say was exactly how the technology would work, but now that’s something we have an answer to as well.

Intel says Bridge is a runtime post-compiler that allows applications that were originally designed for a variety of different hardware platforms to run natively on x86 devices. The company points out the technology is part of its ongoing XPU strategy, which means it won’t be merely limited to bringing Android apps to Windows 11.

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At the moment, it’s unclear what this means for those who plan to run Windows 11 on AMD-based systems. A runtime isn’t something that Microsoft would normally lock down. The system requirements for Windows 11 also don’t call out Intel processors specifically. Either way, we’ve reached out to Microsoft and AMD for clarification.

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In practice, the inclusion of a feature that allows Windows 11 to natively run Android apps makes the operating system a much closer match for Apple’s M1-based Macs, which can run iOS apps without a developer making any modifications to their software.

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Mary Dehart

Mary works as a part time technician for a popular technology firm and in her spare time, she contributes to the technology section of The Madison Leader Gazette with her impeccable knowledge of modern-day technology.

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