One of the most anticipated developments in Windows 11 is support for Android apps. Unfortunately this feature will not be available when the operating system reaches users, and we would see it only in 2022. But what did appear in the last hours is a utility that I would suggest that Microsoft would not look down on bringing this feature to Xbox.
Let us be clear: the hard data is scarce and gives a lot of room for speculation, so we must take the information with a grain of salt. Specifically, Windows 11 testers found a utility called Windows Subsystem for Android (Windows Subsystem for Android); At the moment it cannot be used, but it would be intended for Android app developers, possibly to check their stability and operation in the Microsoft OS.
The notorious fact is that the lists of minimum and recommended requirements to run the software indicate that they are necessary “Windows 11 version 22000.0 or Xbox One”. Undoubtedly, the latter is striking; So far no one from Microsoft has publicly mentioned that there is an interest in bringing Android apps to their desktop consoles.
Image: Tom’s Hardware
As we mentioned previously, this is where the speculation game opens. Tom’s Hardware indicates that, perhaps, those of Redmond intend that the developers try your Android games on Xbox. For its part, Slashgear mentions not only the potential of gaming, but also that of entertainment applications in general.
At the moment it is too early to know if there is a real plan from Microsoft to, one day, bring Android apps to Xbox. Possibilities should not be ruled out, but it seems that if an initiative of this type is advanced, it would not be in the short term.
Xbox and Android are excited about a possible greater integration
That the support of apps for Android evolves from Windows 11 to Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S is, without a doubt, a factor of great illusion for users. If in the future it takes place, it would mean close the circle. Remember that Android devices can access Xbox games through xCloud, through streaming.
We’ll see if in the coming months Microsoft refers to the possibility that Android apps are supported by Xbox. For now, we will remain attentive to this possibility, but knowing that it may not be resolved in the near future.