According to the Microsoft Store listing, support for Android apps may appear on Xbox consoles as well.
Rumor mill: We already know that Windows 11 will support Android apps, but it looks like it’s not the only Microsoft product to have this feature. According to the list of Windows Subsystems for Android that can be found in the Microsoft Store, it looks like support for Android apps for Xbox consoles will be up to date.
When Microsoft announced Windows 11, it became clear that the upcoming OS would support Android apps through the Amazon Appstore. However, it looks like Microsoft’s plans to incorporate Android apps into its products are not limited to Windows.
Microsoft recently added list for Windows Subsystem for Android in the Microsoft Store. For its system requirements, you’ll need an Arm64 or x64 based system running Windows 10 22000.0 or higher with 8GB (minimum) or 16GB (recommended) or Xbox One. For now, the tool appears to be only available for PC, despite the system requirements that it will also support Xbox One.
Microsoft lists this tool as supported by the Xbox One for several reasons. The first thing that comes to mind is porting Android apps to Xbox so that console users get a lot of apps and games at no extra cost. Another possibility is to allow developers, for some unknown reason, to try out Android apps on consoles.
Microsoft’s plans to add this feature to the Xbox One don’t seem far-fetched given that Windows 10/11 and the Xbox OS have a lot in common. In Windows 11, Android apps are supported by purchasing an app / game through the Amazon Appstore and using Intel Bridge technology to run them. It is not a question “is it possible?” but still “is it worth it?”
Android apps such as Reddit, Discord, Facebook, Messenger, Whatsapp, productivity apps and gaming will be a welcome addition to the Xbox environment, dramatically expanding its capabilities to the point where it can be called a decent budget PC.
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