Microsoft delays Android app support for Windows 11

The upcoming Windows Subsystem for Android, which adds Android apps support to Windows 11 and Microsoft Store, has been delayed by Microsoft. An early version of the feature was first teased during the June 24 event, but it was never offered for public beta testing by Microsoft.

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 11 will be rolling out on October 5 to consumers with supported hardware. It will ship with all changes currently available to testers in the Beta channel of the Windows Insider program.

Windows 11 Build 22000.168, which was shipped recently, comes with all features that will be will be included in the final October release. It appears that due to unfinished Android emulation support and performance issues, Microsoft has decided to pull the Android apps and Amazon Appstore integration in Store for now.

Android apps support in Windows is now expected to appear in 2022. It is not yet clear if the feature will arrive as an update to Windows 11 version 21H2, or if the company will bundle it with the next big update called “version 22H2” or “Nicole” which is expected to release in the second half of 2022.

Windows 11’s Android apps support to enter public beta testing soon

Windows 11’s Android apps support is arriving next year and these apps will be supported via the Amazon App Store rather than Google Play Store. Your favourite Android apps which are available in the Amazon store will be discoverable through the revamped Microsoft Store after approval from Amazon developers.

According to Microsoft, Android apps support will allow your favourite apps to be locally installed. As a result, you’ll be able to launch the installed mobile apps from the Start menu, taskbar, Windows Search results, Share menu and other places. Like Win32 or UWP apps, Android apps will integrate into the operating system.

Amazon Store has approximately 500,000 Android apps and it’s not even close to what Google could supply. Thankfully, users will be allowed to sideload the mobile apps using the APK files available on the internet.

There wasn’t much information given about Android apps integration in Windows 11, but we understand that this experience is based on Microsoft’s Project Astoria for Windows 10 Mobile and Windows Subsystem for Linux.

This was a surprise addition to Windows 11 and further information will likely appear in the coming weeks when it will begin rolling out to Insiders.

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