Microsoft just announced the release date for Windows 11. October 5th is the day the first batch of eligible devices will be getting the upgrade to Windows 11 with others to follow suit. However, one key feature has been cut from this launch, or perhaps was never ready in the first place. Regardless, Android app support on Windows 11 via the Amazon Appstore will not be available at launch. Instead, the date has been pushed back severely.
Android Apps on Windows
Android app support was announced for Windows 11 day and date with the OS itself. It was undoubtedly “that” feature and it turned a lot of heads. It quickly became one of the awaited features of Windows 11 and even sceptics were now seeing a reason for Windows 11’s existence with this. The feature was heavily teased at the announcement, but never talked about again. It was expected to launch side-by-side Microsoft’s upcoming OS, but that is not the case anymore.
We’ll see the first of Android apps on Windows 11 in the coming months as Microsoft previews them on Insider builds but public release is now set for 2022. It could be possible that Microsoft is aiming for the first feature update of Windows 11 to add Android app support. Right now, Windows 11’s first major feature update, 22H2, is planned for a fall 2022 release, so it won’t be too illogical for that to happen.
It’s important to note that Android apps will not run natively on the OS, they will be emulated with the help of Amazon Appstore and Intel, who’s a key player in this development. Intel is the one helping with bridging ARM-compiled Android apps to work on x86, aka Windows 11. Hence, it’s likely that Microsoft is testing Android apps vigorously, ensuring optimal performance before public release. Here’s what the GM of Windows marketing had to say about this:
We look forward to continuing our journey to bring Android apps to Windows 11 and the Microsoft Store through our collaboration with Amazon and Intel; this will start with a preview for Windows Insiders over the coming months.” – Aaron Woodman
Therefore, don’t expect to run your favorite Android apps on Windows 11 at launch. It’s unfortunate that, arguably, the most highly-anticipated feature of the OS will be left off, but it’s better late than never. Windows 11 has enough bugs without Android app support, so just imagine the influx of new issues that would flood the feedback channels. Microsoft is giving priority to core elements of the OS first, perfecting it in time for the October 5 release. Plus, we will still see the feature making its debut on an Insider build fairly soon.