The newest Windows version will not be able to offer one of Windows 11’s greatest highlights. However, although end-users will have to wait until next year to see Android apps on Windows, insiders may be able to get a preview sooner than expected. Microsoft appears to be preparing the Windows Subsystem to Android. A series of benchmarks gives a glimpse of the potential performance of the feature when it finally launches to the public.
Microsoft believes that most Windows 11 users will purchase their Android apps through the Windows Store, which will integrate with Amazon’s App store. It will, however, rely on a Windows Subsystem to Android, which, in turn, is presumed to be based upon the Windows Subsystem Linux or WSL. Virtualization and emulation technologies will cause performance drops regardless of how advanced they may be.
Although there might be concerns about Android running on top of WSL2 and Windows 11, it might not result in a poor user experience. Geekbench scores show that the Android version running Windows has promising performance. While scores vary, average numbers are good.
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However, these benchmarks raise questions and doubts about the devices being tested. The scores seem to be comparable to last year’s Galaxy S20 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. However, there are some differences between the specifications, such as the clock rates and core count, that don’t compare to existing Snapdragon chips.
WSA could present the system as running on an ARM CPU, even though it is optimized for Intel processors. It’s too early to judge this Windows 11 feature. However, Insiders may soon have the answers.