With Windows 11, you’ll be able to install Android apps


As we’re writing this, Microsoft is hosting its Windows 11 event which marks one of the biggest updates to the platforms, ever. However, the changes coming to Windows goes much further than just from the general aesthetics and UI.

The Microsoft Store will be updated this Fall with support for Android apps thanks to the Amazon App Store. Microsoft did state that these apps would be installed just like any other app, and won’t require something like the “Your Phone” feature available between Windows and Android.

It’s a bit odd to see that Amazon App Store is being integrated instead of the Google Play Store. However, it’s likely that Microsoft and Google couldn’t come to terms, while Amazon is willing to get its services in front of as many eyes as possible.

Instead of running a separate App Store altogether, Microsoft stated that all of the Android apps will be discoverable via the redesigned Microsoft Store. During the announcement, Microsoft showed off various apps like TikTok, Uber, Ring, and others.

The move comes after Apple’s M1 processor introduced the ability for iPhone and iPad apps to be downloaded on a Mac. But Microsoft has been trying to figure out a way to bring Android apps to Windows for years.

Windows 11 on the whole will begin shipping to customers this Fall, while Microsoft will be providing a preview build for Windows Insiders starting next week. There are a lot of new changes in Windows 11, so keep your eyes tuned for more coverage on using Android apps on Windows.


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