One of the more exciting features that Microsoft announced for Windows 11 was the ability to run Android apps, but when the OS was launched, the feature was not available. Microsoft has been testing out the feature with Insiders, and the good news is that it looks like it will be available for all users next month.
According to Microsoft’s announcement, the update that they’ll be releasing for Windows 11 in February will finally allow users to use Android apps on their computers. Keep in mind that this is only a public preview, meaning it’s essentially a public beta of sorts, but it’s good/stable enough where Microsoft is confident about letting the public use it.
“Next month we’re bringing new experiences to Windows that include a public preview of how you can use Android apps on Windows 11 through the Microsoft Store and our partnerships with Amazon and Intel, taskbar improvements with call mute and unmute, easier window sharing and bringing weather to the taskbar, plus the introduction of two new redesigned apps, Notepad and Media Player.”
At the moment, Windows 11 users who wanted to use Android apps on their PCs had to rely on third-party tools to sideload their apps, which is obviously less than ideal, so this update is something to look forward to. Also, as a reminder, the apps are being supplied through Amazon’s Appstore and not Google Play, so if you have apps that you purchased through Google Play, you’ll need to download and buy them again.
That being said, Google did reveal that they are working on Google Play Games which will bring Android games to Windows. We’re not sure if there are plans to eventually bring the Play Store to Windows as an alternative to Amazon’s Appstore, so we’ll have to wait and see.