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    Android apps for Windows 11 now available for Insiders

    Android apps work in the Windows UI just like other apps, with alerts, clipboard, Snap Layouts.
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    Re: Android apps for Windows 11 now available for Insiders

    "You may need to enable virtualization for your PC’s BIOS/UEFI."
    So it's running on a HyperV VM hidden out of sight?
    It's like Project Astoria all over again

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    Re: Android apps for Windows 11 now available for Insiders

    Quote Originally Posted by acewing905 View Post
    "You may need to enable virtualization for your PC’s BIOS/UEFI."
    So it's running on a HyperV VM hidden out of sight?
    It's like Project Astoria all over again
    To be fair I'd rather have Android apps well isolated from the rest of my PC! If Linux for Windows uses it, it must work well.
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    Re: Android apps for Windows 11 now available for Insiders

    Quote Originally Posted by acewing905 View Post
    "You may need to enable virtualization for your PC’s BIOS/UEFI."
    So it's running on a HyperV VM hidden out of sight?
    It's like Project Astoria all over again
    It's a compatibility layer much like Windows Subsystem for Linux so it's translating the Android (basically Linux) system calls the app would make to ones Windows can understand and use.

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    Re: Android apps for Windows 11 now available for Insiders

    I can't think of anything worse

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    Re: Android apps for Windows 11 now available for Insiders

    When this was first announced I thought that it was rather a cool idea, apart from the limiting use of the Amazon store. But on reflection I can't think of a single app that I'd want to run on the PC... anyone have any suggestions for an app that would be of any use whatsoever and doesn't already have a website anyway?

    Edit: ok in reply to my own question I suppose if you didn't have an Android device at all then there might be something, maybe...
    Last edited by Rad77; 22-10-2021 at 06:15 PM. Reason: Answer my own question

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    Re: Android apps for Windows 11 now available for Insiders

    Quote Originally Posted by Rad77 View Post
    When this was first announced I thought that it was rather a cool idea, apart from the limiting use of the Amazon store. But on reflection I can't think of a single app that I'd want to run on the PC... anyone have any suggestions for an app that would be of any use whatsoever and doesn't already have a website anyway?

    Edit: ok in reply to my own question I suppose if you didn't have an Android device at all then there might be something, maybe...
    Myself, I might well stick some basic messenging apps on Windows. I used to use Yahoo messenger and MSN messenger quite a bit and now I use Telegram and Whatsapp to replace those.

    When I'm working, I have three monitors and did at one point link my phone to Windows, but it's so unreliable that it isn't worthwhile doing now. Being able to stick the messenging apps on the small touchscreen would mean I could see messages as they come in without proper distraction and context switching. When I'm working, I'm totally engrossed in the PC and blind to the world and messages from my wife or the doorbell just don't get through.

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    Re: Android apps for Windows 11 now available for Insiders

    Well I did think about the message apps, but I always have the phone right next to the keyboard anyway and I don't normally miss incoming messages. Also, the phone *is* my second screen currently, so less appealing to bring stuff from there onto the main screen.
    Yes, I do have the phone linked to Windows on both desktop an laptop but for me it seems to work well enough, most of the time (sometimes needs a bit of a wake up prompt as well as a full reconnection cycle about once a year).
    I find it very useful for pasting in those two factor codes that arrive via sms (which, is probably the bulk of my incoming messages).

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    Re: Android apps for Windows 11 now available for Insiders

    Quote Originally Posted by cheesemp View Post
    To be fair I'd rather have Android apps well isolated from the rest of my PC! ....
    Wot he said. ^^^^^
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    Re: Android apps for Windows 11 now available for Insiders

    I assumed its mostly for developers creating apps. I can't think why you'd want to run them as an end user.

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    Re: Android apps for Windows 11 now available for Insiders

    Quote Originally Posted by spacein_vader View Post
    I assumed its mostly for developers creating apps. I can't think why you'd want to run them as an end user.
    but surely they've already got much better emulators for that?

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