Support for Android apps in Windows 11 delayed, likely until next year

When Microsoft announced Windows 11 earlier this year, it unveiled a lot of cool new features. For example, it comes with a brand new design, Snap layouts, team chats, and more. But one of the coolest features of Windows 11 was that it was going to support Android apps through the Amazon Appstore. After the announcement, support for Teams Chat and Android apps was not in the original previews. But while Teams Chat has been around for a little while now, Android apps still aren’t, and Microsoft today confirmed that the feature won’t be in Windows 11 at launch either.

Since Tuesday morning, there are no more secrets around Windows 11. Microsoft has announced the release date of Windows 11 and has confirmed the features that will be included. Android apps are not one of these features. Specifically, the blog post states that the feature will arrive for Windows Insiders in the coming months, which is exactly the terminology Microsoft used to describe the availability of Android apps in June when the first Windows preview was released. 11.

And while Microsoft has continuously said it will bring Android app support to Windows 11 users later this year, it has remained tight-lipped on the details. And yes, the Redmond firm regularly says it brings things to users when that actually means these things only come to Windows Insiders, as misleading as that may be.

I had already heard from sources that Android apps in Windows 11 were lagging. What I was not sure (and still am not sure) is if the delay is from the development of the Windows subsystem for Android, or if it is from the end of Amazon with the construction of Appstore integration in the Microsoft Store. I suspect it’s the latter, as it’s no secret that Microsoft employees have been testing Android apps on their own devices for a long time now.

There are a few things that can happen here. Microsoft could wait until fall 2022 to release the feature. After all, Windows 11 will only happen once a year, unlike Windows 10’s biannual schedule. It’s possible the Redmond firm will retain the feature as a big hero feature for the major update. It is also possible that support for Android apps will be provided as a separate update. Windows Subsystem for Android could be delivered through Windows Update and Amazon Appstore could appear in Microsoft Store.

Either way, it looks like real Windows 11 users – that is, those who aren’t beta testers – won’t see Android app support until next year. This is bad news for those eagerly awaiting it. After all, that means that in order to get it you will have to commit to the Windows Insider program, which can lead to you having a potentially unstable machine for an entire year until next year’s Windows 11 update. . Or, you can just buy an Android tablet.

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