Users of Windows computers have been expressing a desire for some time Android apps on their devices. Because so far they could only manage with unofficial alternatives. Microsoft has now released a new update for Windows 11 that meets customer demands. However, there are still some snags.
Android apps: Google products are coming with the Windows 11 update
Android and Windows already work together on smartphones. You can already use the Microsoft operating system on the go. Now it is also possible to use Android apps on PCs, as reported by Golem, among others.
Why Microsoft took this step is almost self-explanatory. After all, Android is very popular and Chromebooks also allow the popular apps to be used. In order to continue to keep the buyers, Microsoft is now pursuing a new strategy.
2 problems with Android for Windows 11
However, anyone who thinks that they have access to the entire offer of the Google Play Store on their own computer is wrong. For the time being, the integration of Android apps on Windows is only possible via the Amazon Appstore. This is again available in the Microsoft Store. According to CNET, there are currently “only” about 500,000 applications there.
But not only the supply has shrunk at first. The availability also poses problems, especially for local users. Because currently the whole thing only works in the USA with a US account on Amazon. If you change the region of the computer accordingly, at least the Amazon Appstore will be visible in the Microsoft Store. You can then install it, but logging in with a German account still doesn’t allow you to use Android apps on Windows.
Why this is so remains unclear. There is not yet a specific date for Android apps for Windows 11 in Germany.
If you want to use Android apps on your Windows computer right now, you can follow these instructions. And you can find out how to mirror Android on your PC here.
Sources: Golem, CNET