If you have a Windows device, come next year, you will be able to play Android games right on it! That might sound incredible, but that is exactly what Google is planning to do.
The search and advertising giant will release a Google Play Games app through which you can access all your favorite Android games. The app will run on your Windows laptop, tablet, or desktop computer.
Announcing the upcoming feature, Greg Hartell, Google’s product director of games for Android and Google Play, said, “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. 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.”
Interestingly, Google built this app completely on its own according to the company’s spokesperson. It didn’t even collaborate with Microsoft or BlueStacks. This is an about-turn from the past when Google refused to make a YouTube app for Windows.
According to reports from Google, the new app will allow users to continue playing games from where they stopped on their phone, tablet, or Chromebook. Google has been working on running Android apps on its ChromeOS.
Hartell said Google is thrilled to expand its platform for users to have more access to their favorite Android games.
We first heard of Google’s plan to bring its games to Windows during the Epic vs. Apple trial. One of the documents used in the trial described how Google wanted to make Android games run on both Windows PCs and Mac. Over 70 pages, the document showed that Google would run emulated and native games on Windows, in addition to streaming.
While Google hasn’t gone into the details of how the app works, it will run the games locally instead of steaming from an online cloud, like its Stadia service.
Also, the app doesn’t require any special integration with Windows 11, which explains how Microsoft was not involved in the project. Google will distribute the app itself, and it will also work on Windows 10.
On its own, Microsoft has started testing running Android apps on Windows, although users will have to install the Windows 11 update. To make this happen, the Redmond-based software company included a Windows Subsystem for Android in Windows 11, allowing it to run Android apps from multiple sources.
The Android apps and games will run natively and be installed just like a regular Windows application.
Microsoft has partnered with Amazon to offer the Android apps in its Amazon Appstore. However, this deal with Amazon limits the number of Android apps users can install. If Google wants, it can make apps from its official store available as well, which doesn’t look impossible given its recent move with the Android. The same is true for Samsung and Bluestack or any other company with an Android app store.
There are workarounds for running Android apps on Windows from any source, using APKs.
Speaking of BlueStacks, the company, famous for enabling Android apps on Windows even before Microsoft thought of it, is now bringing Android games to web browsers. With BlueStacks X, you can play Android games on your browser for free.
BlueStacks has been focusing on Android games on Windows since it realized that is what most people use the service for.
There is no date fixed in 2022 yet, but we will follow any development on this subject. Make sure to keep up with us so as not to miss a thing. Also, this might be Google’s move to stave off developers throwing their support behind Amazon’s app store, which is a competitor to its own store.