Microsoft has yet to talk about when Windows 11 users can expect the much-anticipated ability to run Android apps in Windows 11, but somebody might have caught the company’s ongoing behind-the-scenes work. Posted on Twitter by @never_released, alleged Geekbench 5 results highlight the power of the feature, with the Windows Subsystem for Android putting up some decent results.
Device: Microsoft Corporation Windows Subsystem for Android(TM)
GL_RENDERER: Android Emulator OpenGL ES Translator (ANGLE (Unknown, Qualcomm(R) Adreno(TM) 680 GPU Direct3D11 vs_5_0 ps_5_0, D3D11-27.20.1460.0))https://t.co/PRcHoWoGmV
— Longhorn (@never_released) September 10, 2021
It is best to treat this Geekbench results page lightly (listings can easily be faked,) but we’re assuming that these Geekbench stats could be the result of running the Android version of Geekbench on Windows 11. We’re not certain of the model of the actual Windows device Microsoft used to get the results, but the numbers put up are quite impressive, especially because the Windows Subsystem for Android is more of a virtual machine, which doesn’t exactly always come home with the best performance.
Per the results, Microsoft’s Windows Subsystem for Android netted an 827 Single-Core score, and a 3070 Multi-Core Score. Tests were done in Android 11, and the processor is listed as a Qualcomm ARMv8, with 8 cores and close to 6GB of RAM. For comparison sake, the Surface Duo, which has an actual Qualcomm 855 processor, netted a 760 Single-Core score, and a 2847 Multi-Core score. This shows how powerful the feature can potentially be.
Now that sample Geekbench tests are out, Microsoft could be getting ready to release the Android apps feature to Windows 11 soon. In fact, a store page for the Windows Subsystem for Android was even spotted just last week. But there is still some doubt, too. Officially, Microsoft suggested that the feature won’t be ready for Windows 11’s October 5 launch.
The company mentioned in a blog post that “We look forward to continuing our journey to bring Android apps to Windows 11 and the Microsoft Store through our collaboration with Amazon and Intel; this will start with a preview for Windows Insiders over the coming months.”