Support for Android apps on Windows 11 is coming to more markets later this year

What do you want to know:

  • The Windows Subsystem for Android is coming to other markets later this year.
  • These markets include the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Japan.
  • The news follows a big update to the subsystem.

Microsoft announced during Build 2022 that support for running Android apps through the Amazon Appstore on Windows 11 will expand to five more markets by the end of this year. The Amazon Appstore, and all Android apps thereafter, are powered by Microsoft’s new Windows Subsystem for Android, a feature that first debuted with Windows 11 last year.

The Windows Subsystem for Android aims to make running Android apps on Windows 11 as seamless as possible. It works by running a lite version of the Android operating system in the background and placing Android apps right on your desktop and Start menu as if they were natively installed.

The list of new markets joining the United States includes:

  • UK
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Japan

It’s disappointing that it’s taken so long for Microsoft to roll out Android app support on Windows 11 to more markets. Currently, the ability to use the Windows Subsystem for Android is exclusive to users in the United States, likely because the Amazon Appstore itself is only American during this preview phase.

The Windows Subsystem for Android recently received a huge update that improved the integration and interoperability of Android apps when running on Windows 11. It’s available as a preview for Insiders in Dev Channel, and here is the full changelog:

  • Windows Subsystem for Android updated to Android 12.1
  • Advanced networking enabled by default for new versions of Windows x64
  • Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app update: Added redesigned UX and diagnostics data viewer
  • Simpleperf CPU profiler logging now works with Windows Subsystem for Android
  • Windows taskbar now shows Android apps that use microphone and location
  • Improvements to Android app notifications appearing as Windows notifications
  • Reduced flickering when apps are restored from a minimized state
  • Apps are not restarted when devices resume from Connected Standby on recent versions of Windows
  • New video hardware decoding (VP8 and VP9)
  • Fixes for on-screen keyboard in apps
  • Fixes for fullscreen Android apps and auto-hiding Windows taskbar
  • Windows Subsystem for Android updated with Chromium WebView 100
  • Added support for Android NetworkLocationProvider in addition to GpsLocationProvider
  • Improved general stability, performance and reliability

Be sure to check out all the news from this year’s Developer Conference on our Build 2022 page!

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