Ask Windows Central: Will Android's new AAB format cause problems for Windows 11?

Welcome to the third episode of our new series: Ask Windows Central, where we answer our communities most asked questions around Microsoft, Windows, Surface, Xbox, and the general tech industry. In today's episode, we answer four questions around Windows 11, Surface Neo, and the new Microsoft Store.

This week's episode features the following questions:

  • Will Windows 10 and 11 keep the same core, or will it become more "10X like" while retaining legacy compatibility?
  • How do you think Microsoft will promote that the New Store is a place to find basically everything they need?
  • Is the Surface Neo dead for good since 10X is no more?
  • Android APKs are being sunset for the new AAB format (Android App Bundle). What does this mean for Windows 11?

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Zac Bowden
Senior Editor

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  • I dont think this is an issue as developer only add new app development branch, AAB. They still get their usual support through APK in-app purchase or subscription. So no. Sorry for my bad English. ☺️
  • Regarding the Neo, more of a problem is the CPU - Intel is already making the Lakefield series of CPUs End of Life - last orders will be in October this year with shipping until April 2022. If the Neo is to launch, it will need a different CPU. Apparently Lakefield is of a similar design to the upcoming Alder Lake dektops CPUs, so 12th gen Intel would work.
  • If they ever do release Neo, and it is running Intel, that will be the biggest joke ever. That is ARM hardware if there ever was any. Microsoft was insane for even thinking about making an Intel Neo.
  • The Neo was never real. Just a mockup with accompanying animations.
  • Question for next episode - Will Windows 11 get live wallpapers and lock screen?
    Core OS was supposed to get it, as Surface Hub 2S was initially supposed to have. And with the new 'bloom' default wallpaper, it would be perfect to have that live wallpaper as they have an animation of it already.
  • The problem with the Android AAB package is that it's a real faff to install it offline unless if you are using a third-party app store like APKPure and Aurora Store. More than that, AAB prevents offline app installation on multiple devices with different screen sizes, resolutions, and ppi. It sounds as if Google trying to keep monopolizing themselves in the app store world.