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Windows 11 Android app benchmarks leave more questions than answers

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Windows 11 Android Store Tiktok (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Geekbench 5 scores appeared online for the Windows Subsystem for Android.
  • The scores cannot be verified at this time, and many of the systems used include placeholder names.
  • If the scores are accurate, it appears that many PCs will be able to run Android apps well on Windows 11.

Microsoft recently delayed the launch of Android app support on Windows 11. While everyday users may have to wait a bit longer to use their favorite apps on Microsoft's new operating system, the feature is still on the way. Now, alleged Geekbench 5 scores for the Windows Subsystem for Android, which powers Android app support on Windows 11, have appeared online (via Bleeping Computer).

The benchmarks show a wide range of configurations testing out the Windows Subsystem for Android. Geekbench lists some setups with "Qualcomm ARMv8" processors and others with placeholders. Core counts of tested systems range from eight cores to 20 cores. As you'd expect from such a wide range of systems, scores range drastically.

If these benchmarks are accurate, some PCs shouldn't have any trouble running Android apps well on Windows 11. For comparison, the Galaxy S21 got a Geekbench 5 single-core score of 1,048 and a multi-core score of 3,302 in Tom's Guide's tests. Though even if the figures are accurate, Android Central's Jerry Hildenbrand explains that benchmarks are a horrible way to gauge performance.

Alleged Geekbench 5 scores for Windows Android (Image credit: Geekbench)

Alleged Geekbench 5 scores for Windows Android (Image credit: Geekbench)

Source: Geekbench

Benchmarks like these often leave more questions than answers, which is the case here. There's no way to guarantee that these benchmarks are accurate or even genuine. Additionally, we don't know the exact configurations of the systems used for the benchmarks, so we can't properly compare them to other setups. Also, Android support for Windows 11 isn't completed yet, so the feature may yield better scores when it's finished.

These benchmarks were spotted shortly after a listing in the Microsoft Store for the Windows Subsystem for Android was spotted online. It's worth noting, however, that at least some of the information on that listing was incorrect. It mentioned support for Xbox consoles in its minimum requirements, which is incorrect (the listing no longer mentions Xbox consoles).

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

6 Comments
  • I don't expect performance to be an issue.. blue stacks works. Just curious about the implementation details and the relationship with Amazon on this... I hope it makes a vibrant 2nd community offering and it isn't just a bunch of dated crap that's slow because its non optimized and not recent builds...
  • personally, as a long-time windows user coming from the days of Lumia 525/535/540/550/950XL, loving the beauty of windows phone, and hating the lack of apps, this and this alone was the only feature that got me excited about windows 11. finally, with this i can have my dream computing device which does everything i need. everything else windows 11 offers is nice to have, i won't complain about those. but none of those allowed me to do anything new or better which i can't already do on my current windows 10. they say there's a lot under th e hood work which should improve overall system performance and battery life., but I'll wait and see how much of it comes true for me. some apps i am really looking forward to which i use on a daily basis-
    1. food delivery apps like Zomato and swiggy,
    2. kindle,
    3. banking apps,
    4. amazon's own shopping app (website is perfect but some offers are "app-only", so..),
    5. instagram so i can upload photos,
    6. udemy so i can download the lectures for viewing offline,
    7. music apps like spotify and jiosaavn or wynk because the android version is so much better,
    8. audible because again, website is ok, and you can download and play using itunes on PC, but still not an elegant experience,
    9. cab apps like ola, uber, servicing apps like Urban company,
    10. apps from my cell service provider,
    11. file sharing apps like xender because even today instant sharing of large files between phone and PC is non-existent.
    12. video editing apps like kinemaster which are great free tools and should work fine on decent latest i3 or i5 PCs. finally windows will be able to boast of having "apps" as well "programs". (please dont get technical here i am saying in a common man's language) lets see how much of my wishful thinking comes true. 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻
  • Hmm, interesting list there. Audible does have a windows app but it's been broken for the past few weeks. The banking apps, that would be tricky if they aren't in Amazon app store already. Also side loading them won't work due to lack of GMS apis. Food apps i can understand however you can already use the website or create a web wrapper using edge. Also if the food apps load in phone screen like format then whats the difference? It would be more efficient to use the website at that point as you can see whole lot more than scrolling through. Instagram and uber et al i can understand. Similarly to Video editing apps. Check out active presenter - it's free for personal use.
  • I keep thinking that the surface duo will eventually migrate to a version of windows 11 or 12.
  • Why would they migrate to a desktop OS? And while it would be nice to have some Android apps available, the lack of Google Play Services would be a tough sell.
  • @Tarkus13 People always over look that crucial detail - Google Play Services / Google Mobile Suite being required for Google Play Android Apps. Along with the fact android apps scale poorly on a large screen.... (Tablets fine, but 20 plus inch monitors? Nope). Many are going to be extremely disappointed and will as usual incorrectly blame Microsoft lol....