Microsoft has now opened its support for Android apps on Windows 11 to Insiders on the Dev Channel. With this expansion, more Windows Insiders can access Android apps on their PCs. Until now, Android app support has been limited to the Beta Channel.
While Microsoft did not make a separate announcement, the company did update the blog post on Android support for Windows 11 to reflect availability on the Dev Channel. Specifically, this is Windows Subsystem for Android, which underpins the support of apps from the Amazon App Store.
When Microsoft initially announced Windows 11 in June, one of the big new features was support for Android apps, the company finally allowing mobile applications without an emulator. However, when Windows 11 started rolling out in October, Android apps were not available.
Microsoft said it needed a little more time, and started the preview for Windows Subsystem for Android last month. The preview allows Windows Insider Program members to download applications directly form the Microsoft Store. It seems the preview remains limited to users with AMD, Intel, or Qualcomm chipsets.
It is also still in early development because there are only 50 or so apps currently available for testing. We guess Microsoft is willing to develop the Windows Subsystem for Android slowly. The most likely timeframe for wide release to all Windows 11 users is through the 22H1 update early next year (likely in May).
While apps show up on the Microsoft Store, clicking them sends users to the Amazon App Store to download and install. Of course, the Amazon App Store features a fraction of the number of apps on the Play Store, including Google’s native applications.
Tip of the day: With many reachable wireless access points popping up and disappearing again, the available networks list can become quite annoying. If needed you can use the allowed and blocked filter list of Windows to block certain WiFi networks or all unknown WiFi networks.