The service went live for Windows users earlier in 2022, after the Android maker made a surprise announcement late last year. But was only available for folks in South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
And in case you are wondering, no, Google has not partnered with Microsoft for this effort that is specifically focused on games.
Redmond has its own solution in the form of Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) that it continues to refine as a dedicated feature for its Windows 11 operating system.
As announced, Google is now ready to bring in more testers, which is why it has expanded this beta program in eight more countries. United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore are now in.
“In the last few months, our Google Play Games catalog growth has been accelerating with many popular mobile titles including 1945 Air Force, Blade Idle, Cookie Run: Kingdom, and Evony: The King’s Return. All of these titles and dozens more can be played on Windows PCs via a standalone application built by Google.”
Right now, there are 85 titles that users on the two Microsoft platforms can try out on their PCs.
That being Windows 11 and Windows 10.
What this means is that this free application that Google is readying will enable Windows 10 users to run Android games on their computers natively. Unlike Microsoft’s implementation that is exclusively supported on Windows 11 devices.
What this also means that since this is a home-grown project by the search engine giant, it is powered by the Google Play platform. This lets you earn Google Play points and achievements and sync your games data across multiple devices seamlessly.
For the Windows users that are fans of Android games, this gives Google an upper hand as WSA does not support Google Play at this point in time.
Speaking of time, we should not be too far away from the formal launch of this solution now that Google has expanded things to more regions, including its home turf.