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Windows Subsystem for Android app makes an appearance, touts Xbox support

Windows 11's general availability is just around the corner, but as we learned a few days ago, it will not ship with Android app support, something that Microsoft touted heavily when it announced the OS back in June. That said, a new listing for Windows Subsystem for Android has now been spotted on the Microsoft Store that reveals a couple of interesting details.

A screenshot of the Microsoft Store listing for Windows Subsystem for Android

As spotted by WalkingCat (@_h0x0d_ on Twitter), the Microsoft Store now contains a dedicated page for "Windows Subsystem for Android". Although it's free to download, it currently only pops up a blank window when you install and open it on Windows 11. On our Windows 10 device, it does not even install.

However, the store listing does contain a few interesting details. For one, the minimum requirements have been listed as Windows 10 version 22000.0 or greater, which is likely a typo for Windows 11 as it is the same branch as what we have on the Beta Channel currently. More importantly, it lists Xbox One as a supported OS too, something that has not been hinted by Microsoft before. Supported architectures include ARM64 and x64 while the minimum amount of RAM required is 8GB. The recommended specifications are the same apart from RAM requirements, which have been bumped up to 16GB.

The store listing also cautions that users of the app shouldn't take screenshots or leak other content - likely an advisory for Microsoft employees testing the app internally.

While Microsoft has not revealed further details about Android app support yet, we do know that Microsoft is partnering with Amazon and will deliver Android apps via the Amazon App Store which will be available under the Microsoft Store. With the new update, users will be able to download and install Android apps like TikTok, Pinterest, Kindle and more. Furthermore, these will act like Windows apps allowing users to pin them to taskbar, snap with other apps, resize and more.

That said, it is important to note that none of the details - especially support for Xbox consoles - mentioned in the Microsoft Store listing have been confirmed by the Redmond tech giant itself so it's highly likely that they will change over time. We already know that the capabilities won't be present in the October 5 release of Windows 11.

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