Microsoft is Adding Android 13 Features to Windows 11

Microsoft plans to add features from Android 13 to Windows 11 as part of its future roadmap — part of a move to add more more elements from Android overall to the operating system.

The features were listed as part of an update intended for Windows 11 developers, in which Microsoft also promised improvements to file transfer, shortcuts, picture-in-picture, and local network access by default. It follows a recent update that included enhancements for File Explore among other improvements.

Android 13 is the latest operating system publicly available to Pixel phone users. According to PC Magazine, it’s an iterative update that builds upon Android 12’s foundation, featuring “much more elaborate Material You design, convenient multitasking tools, and cross-compatibility with Chromebook and Google tablets” among other features.

The Windows 11 roadmap includes support for features from Android 13.

Released earlier this month, Android 13’s compatibility is currently limited to Google’s Pixel series phone. The operating system should be available through other handsets later this year.

Compatibility with Android apps was among the features touted for Windows 11 when it was first revealed last year, though they weren’t available at launch. They are able to run thanks to an “Intel Bridge” compiler that helps them to run on x86 systems. The addition of Android 13 features should deepen this integration even further.

Windows 11 is the latest in Microsoft’s line of operating systems, bringing with it features such as Auto HDR, a new design, snap layouts, a tablet mode, and more.

Ultimately, we were cool on Windows 11, writing in our review, “Windows 11 looks fantastic, but that’s where the excitement stops. There aren’t any immediately apparent gaming improvements, and it’s not clear exactly when we’ll see them. Combine the nearly identical performance, and the fact that some features like the refreshed Microsoft Store are making their way to Windows 10 soon, and there’s very little incentive to rush out and upgrade right now.”

Windows 11 is available now.

Kat Bailey is a Senior News Editor at IGN as well as co-host of Nintendo Voice Chat. Have a type? Send her a DM at @the_katbot.

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