Microsoft has stated that it is formally introducing support for Android apps on Windows 11 in a number of nations, bringing the total to 21. Windows 11 enabled support for Android apps for the first time in February, despite the fact that it had previously only been offered in Japan and the United States.
According to Microsoft, it began promoting Android apps to customers in the UK and Europe on September 27. Now, users in these areas can update their WSA using a Windows Update. WSA originally required users to change their region to either the US or Japan in order for it to function, and only these two regions had access to the Amazon Appstore.
A huge number of apps in the Amazon app
This upgrade will allow more users to make use of the few Android apps that are currently available for download through the Microsoft Store. Microsoft states that the machine must have a solid-state drive (SSD), an Intel core i3 8th Gen processor or above, at least 8GB of RAM (16GB is recommended), and the Virtual Machine Platform setting switched on.
Necessary criteria for app installation
Windows 11 must be available on the user’s machine. Microsoft has an application that can verify a device’s performance for a user if they are doubtful of it. Additionally, inside the enclosing system, Windows 11 can run on AMD or Qualcomm processors. An individual will be eligible to update to Windows 11 for free if these requirements are met.
Users must first sign up for the Windows Insider program and subscribe to either the Dev Channel or the Beta Channel to get access to the beta version featuring the Android app preview. When everything is ready, make sure Windows is updated by going to Settings > Window Update.
Is this plan enabling users to get Google Play Store apps?
We should point out that Windows 11 can only download Android apps through the Amazon Appstore. The Google Play Store does not allow you to install Android apps.
The world may not end as a result of this restriction, but you might run into Android apps that you can’t install on your Windows 11 tablet. For instance, the majority of Google’s first-party applications have Windows apps even if many of them aren’t offered on the Amazon Appstore, including Google Maps, Google Photos, and Google Drive.
Microsoft was working to do this for a while
The firm revealed on 27th September that it had started delivering Android apps on the Windows platform in Europe and the UK. Users in these regions can update Windows with the new WSA.
WSA only worked before this update when users changed their region to the US or Japan, where the Amazon Appstore was also accessible.
The Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) is currently usable on all supported devices following a successful testing phase. A limited number of Android apps are now available for download from the Microsoft Store in these regions, and thanks to better compatibility, they function exactly like any other Windows application.
Regions to avail of this feature
Microsoft has provided a list of the regions where native Android apps for Windows will be supported through the Amazon Appstore. Andorra, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, San Marino, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the Vatican City are among them.
We are still to know what the entire system is going to look like. So, we might as well wait for the overall experience.