Microsoft is finally ready to roll out its promised support for Android apps within the new Windows 11 OS to the public via the Amazon Appstore preview.
The company has been promising Android app support since talk of the new OS really started to grow. A smart move to help expand app access since the Windows Store is still lacking in comparison. Now users will have access to both stores for their favorite apps. Although it will be limited at first as it is still in preview.
Thankfully, it isn’t as limited as it has been while it was being tested as part of the Windows Insider rings. For awhile there we didn’t have any hope for Microsoft as there were only 20-40 or so apps available during testing. Most of which were quite boring and lacking any big titles.
However, the company was holding out as now they are promising over 1,000 apps as being available now that it has gone public. This changes everything as this might just have a chance of becoming a thing for Windows now and in the future (assuming Google doesn’t put a fork in it).
For now, it still has a way to go before it impacts the operating system in a way that it becomes a widely accepted by users. Microsoft hasn’t always done well in the app space, so it will have a lot of work ahead. That and most of the apps currently listed aren’t anything to get excited about as there are very few major players and mostly a bunch of random third-party titles. But so far, it’s starting to feel promising.
You can update Windows via the Updates screen if it hasn’t already signaled the need for a reboot (to make sure you have the latest changes). Then head over to the Microsoft Store within Windows and you’ll find the Amazon Appstore preview in there to download (yes, you have to download an app store from an app store).