The list of new features coming to Windows 11’s Android app support has just been made public by Microsoft. Soon, the most recent Android version will serve as the basis for the Windows Subsystem for Android.
Microsoft made a big impression when it unveiled native Android app support in its operating system for Windows 11 last year. The introduction of Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA which stands for Windows Subsystem for Android) and a collaboration with Amazon for its Amazon Appstore made this new feature possible. Users were eagerly waiting for Windows support for Android apps.
Unfortunately, Microsoft was slow to release the Windows Subsystem for Android. The Redmond company initially only made it available to US users. In Europe and other countries, it took more than a year to finally see it arrive. In fact, Microsoft released it recently with the release of Windows 11 22H2 update.
Android 13 is coming to Windows 11 WSA
Microsoft clearly has high hopes for its tool if it continues to deliver new updates to Insider Program participants for the Windows Subsystem for Android. He recently released a list of upcoming new features for WSA on the sly. A new version based on Android 13 is being developed by the Redmond company, according to the project’s GitHub page. The good news is that Google started rolling out the most recent Android version in August.
The Windows Subsystem for Android should therefore benefit from new features associated with Android 13 in the coming months. Microsoft’s roadmap indicates that it will be possible to move locally stored files from Windows directories to application directories. Android is configured on your computer. The next iteration of the Windows Subsystem for Android, Microsoft says, will support picture-in-picture (for displaying video in a window over other apps) and will come standard with LAN access. With the introduction of these innovations, Windows 11 will more effectively support Android apps. Because that means the Android apps you use will be able to access the documents you have stored on your PC.
Last but not least, Microsoft also mentions the arrival of a “Shortcuts” function in its roadmap without providing additional information on the specifics of the functionality. Are these Apple-style shortcuts that would let you use Android apps to automate tasks? To find out, we will have to wait a few more months.
Windows 11: how to enjoy Android apps now
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Microsoft recently started the official rollout of the Windows 11 22H2 update. The compatibility of Android applications with Windows is one of the many new features included in the first major update of this operating system, but it was undoubtedly a little more expected than the others.
This feature, which is still in preview, was previously only available to users residing in the United States and was made possible by the Windows Subsystem for Android. Microsoft and Amazon have teamed up to make it easier to install Android apps on Windows through the Amazon Appstore, Amazon’s store for Android apps. A wise move that gives Windows users direct access to around 20,000 apps and games.
There are a few things you need to do before you can enjoy it on your PC. The Windows 11 22H2 update does not install the Android subsystem by default, and therefore the Amazon App Store. Therefore, as soon as the update is applied on your computer, you have to install them manually. How? Keep reading.
1. Download and install Windows 11 22H2 update
Start by downloading and installing the Windows 11 22H2 update on your computer, if you haven’t already. To do this, launch Windows, then click the Check for updates button in Windows Update. If your computer needs the 22H2 update, you will see a box informing you of its availability. Then click Download and Install to start your update.
2. Install the Amazon Appstore
Open the Microsoft Store, then use the search bar at the top of the window to search for the Amazon Appstore. After that, tap on the Install button. Then an overview pop-up window will appear. To configure, click on it. You are prompted to configure your PC for the Amazon Appstore in the next window. select “Download” from the menu. Click Next after allowing time for the download to complete. Finally, select Restart to restart your computer and complete the Amazon Appstore installation. Keep in mind that installing it actually installs the Windows Android subsystem.
3. Log in to the Amazon Appstore
After your computer restarts, a window for Windows Subsystem for Android should appear before the Amazon Appstore login window. If you don’t have an Amazon account yet, click Create Amazon Account. Otherwise, log in with your usual Amazon login details.
3. Install apps
You can download and install any available app after logging into the Amazon Appstore. Like any native Windows app, each Android app installed on Windows 11 runs in its own window.
Also note that the payment method used on your Amazon account is the same as the one used on the Amazon Appstore. Therefore, if you choose to install paid apps on your PC, you will be charged for it. As of this writing, it looks like the Amazon Appstore won’t soon have the 20,000 apps and games Microsoft promised for the Windows 11 22H2 release. The Windows 11 version of the Amazon Appstore app catalog is nowhere near as comprehensive as its Android version or the Google Play Store.