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Microsoft will soon allow more Android apps in Windows 11

As early as February 2022, the Amazon Appstore for Windows 11 started a public beta with around 50 Android apps.
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As early as February 2022, the Amazon Appstore for Windows 11 started in a public beta. Initially, users only had access to about 50 Android apps. But after removing certain restrictions, users now have access to thousands of Android apps. Microsoft now allows any developer with an Amazon Appstore developer account to submit an app for distribution on Windows 11. Accordingly, Windows 11 users should soon be able to download significantly more Android apps.

As mentioned, when the App Store opened to the public, there were only about 50 Android apps compatible with Windows 11. Microsoft later increased the number to over 20,000 apps. There are currently reportedly over 50,000 Android apps in the Amazon Appstore, but they won’t be available immediately.

Before they can run on Windows, developers must submit their apps for testing. To simplify the process, Microsoft has provided instructions on how to make its apps compatible with the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA). These guides focus on window resizing and native mapping to fit a different form factor.

The Amazon Appstore is currently available in 31 countries. These include the US, Japan, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Canada, Australia and Germany. Microsoft also announced that Microsoft Store users can now access AI-generated review summaries that summarize customer reviews and highlight important details.


Mats Hellqvist
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