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Google plans to bring Android titles to Windows in 2022

The company will launch a Google Play Games app for Windows laptops, tablets, and PCs in 2022.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

December 13, 2021

1 Min Read

Google will start bringing Android titles to Windows next year. As reported by The Verge, the company will launch a Google Play Games app for Windows laptops, tablets, and PCs in 2022.

Google's product director of games on Android and Google Play, Greg Hartrell, explained the app has been built by Google itself, and will facilitate seamless switching between devices.

"This will be a native Windows app distributed by Google, which will support Windows 10 and up. It will not involve game streaming," explained Hartrell.

"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."

Microsoft had already started testing Android apps on Windows 11 PCs using a Windows Subsystem built for Android, but native Google Play support won't be achievable using that method.

Google has seemingly been planning on bringing Android titles to Windows platforms for some time, with a document from October 2020, which surfaced during the Epic v. Apple trial, revealing the company was keen to bring "emulated, native, and streamed games" to Windows in the future.

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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