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Google launches beta of Android games on Windows PCs

Google is launching a limited beta of its app to bring Android games to Windows PCs. Google Play Games will be available in beta in Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan today, allowing Windows PC owners to play popular Android games such as Mobile Legends, Convocation war, Survival mode, and Three Kingdoms tactics.

Players in Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan will be able to sign up for the beta and access Google's standalone app on Windows PCs. Google promises "seamless gameplay sessions between a phone, tablet, Chromebook and Windows PC", suggesting that you'll easily be able to resume gaming between multiple devices.

"Players can easily browse, download and play their favorite mobile games on their PCs while taking advantage of larger screens with mouse and keyboard input," said Arjun Dayal, Google Play Games Group Product Manager. "You no longer lose your progress or performance when you switch between devices; it just works with your Google Play Games profile!"

Google Play Games syncs gameplay sessions across multiple devices.
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Google Play Games will also include Play points that can be earned while playing Android games on PCs. Google first announced its plans to bring Android games to PCs a month ago, but it's still not clear what technology the company uses to get Android games running on Windows PCs. However, the Google Play Games app will be a built-in Windows app that does not involve game streaming, and Google is today launching a developer site that should start providing more information to game developers.

Google's announcement comes months after Microsoft began testing Android apps on Windows 11 PCs. Microsoft has built an underlying Windows subsystem for Android that is capable of running Android apps from a variety of sources. Microsoft is using it in partnership with Amazon to allow native installations of games and apps from the Amazon Appstore on Windows, but despite solutions, Google Play is not officially supported yet.

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