When Microsoft announced Android app support for Windows 11, it was one of the bigger surprises of its event unveiling the OS. Windows 11 will support Android apps through the Amazon Store and even support sideloading APKs. While these are innovative and new technologies, they aren’t the only way to run Android apps on your PC.
Aimed largely at gamers, BlueStacks has some features that Windows 11’s solution for Android apps likely won’t, including advanced customizable game controls. Since Android games are primarily built for touch, they usually aren’t optimized for a mouse and keyboard. BlueStacks helps them feel more natural on a PC.
While BlueStacks is marketed towards gamers, it works well with Android apps. If you use an Android app that isn’t available on Windows, there’s a good chance that it works with BlueStacks.
The last major release of BlueStacks only rolled out in May, so it’s recently been updated. The company behind the emulator also works to improve the app over time. BlueStacks 5 uses up to 50% less RAM than its predecessor and even works with ARM devices like the Surface Pro X.
Your Phone app
Source: Windows Central
The major downside to the Your Phone app is that the apps feature is available only for certain phones. All of the supported devices are from Samsung as well, which means if you use a device from any other manufacturer, you’re out of luck. Even Microsoft’s Surface Duo isn’t on the list of supported devices.
Not quite native
But they do provide other options for getting Android apps to run on your PC, and you can use them right now. Even after Windows 11 rolls out, BlueStacks should still have a solid niche among gamers.
They serve as a complement to the best apps on Windows and Microsoft’s efforts to bring Android apps to Windows 11.
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