Intel’s Bridge Technology Brings Android Apps to Windows 11

Microsoft and Intel announced on Thursday that Intel Core-based Windows 11 systems can run apps that were developed for the Google Android platform. The move brings a variety of useful apps and immersive games to upcoming PCs. Regardless, the two companies stated that Windows 11 systems will natively support multi-monitor connectivity using Intel’s Thunderbolt 4 technology.

To bring Android apps to Windows 11, Intel developed its Intel Bridge Technology, a runtime post compiler that enables applications originally designed for various hardware platforms to run natively on x86-based devices. Intel’s bridge technology is part of the company’s XPU strategy, it is not limited to Android applications and x86 platforms, so use of the technology may expand to other areas.

It’s unclear what Microsoft means by denying the technology a name. Intel’s technology is rarely validated for AMD’s Ryzen, for example. But Microsoft also didn’t list it as an exclusive feature that requires anything beyond that Minimum specifications.

“Intel believes it is important to make this feature available for all x86 platforms and has developed Intel Bridge Technology to support all x86 platforms (including AMD platforms),” said Intel support Tom’s hardware in a statement. “However, Intel delivers platforms that deliver an optimized experience and make Windows platforms with Intel Core processors the best choice.”