Microsoft’s Windows platform is increasingly embracing Android. Windows 11 – through Windows Subsystem for Android – now supports Android apps provides by Amazon’s app store. In another step forward, Google says it will bring Android games to Windows during 2022.
The company will launch a Google Play Games application on Windows that will allow users to download play games from Android on their device.
“Starting in 2022, players will be able to experience their favorite Google Play games on more devices: seamlessly switching between a phone, tablet, Chromebook, and soon, Windows PCs,” says Greg Hartrell, Google’s product director of games on Android and Google Play, to The Verge. “This Google built product brings the best of Google Play Games to more laptops and desktops, and we are thrilled to expand our platform for players to enjoy their favorite Android games even more.”
Google seems to see value in Windows these days. The company has always kept Android apps away from Microsoft’s OS, reflecting the so-called “app gap” that separated the platforms. However, with Microsoft now bringing Android app support, it seems Google has decided to jump on board.
The app was teased last night at The Game Awards and the company says it will launch on Windows 11 during 2022. Interestingly, the app is built from the ground up by Google with no collaboration from Microsoft. It will also not integrate directly into Windows, so will behave like a normal third-party application.
“This will be a native Windows app distributed by Google, which will support Windows 10 and up,” explains Hartrell. “It will not involve game streaming.”
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