If you follow Windows news in recent years, you know that for a long time Microsoft has been trying to merge several galaxy unix operating systems with the experience of Windows 10 and 11. It started with the launch of the WSL components ( Windows Subsystem for Linux) that allow several Linux environment distributions to be installed directly in Windows, without virtualization.
An undeniable advantage for developers who no longer have to share development between their IDE under Windows, and one or more virtual machines to conduct tests. For the general public, however, the benefits of this new approach remained to be seen. But Microsoft has chosen to go further by making its subsystem also compatible with Android applications.
Windows 11 Moment 1 rolls out the Amazon AppStore and its Android apps more widely
Therefore, it has long been expected that launching Android applications (including games) directly in Windows will become possible. For many months, Microsoft has tested a solution in partnership with Amazon. This goes through a separate application store managed by the firm of Jeff Bezos. The project was not available to everyone, but with Windows 11 Moment 1 Microsoft now offers to download the Amazon Appstore from the Microsoft Store on many more PCs.
To date, the Amazon Appstore provides access to no less than 50,000 Android applications, including many games. There is not everything in this catalog yet, much less complete than the Google Play Store. But then it becomes very easy to install and use Android applications without any hacking. All of these applications work without Google services. Which means there are a lot of omissions at the moment.
Apart from games, social network applications, or other popular applications remain absent on the Amazon AppStore. Eventually, the Google Play Store should also join the application store offer on Windows 11. And it is already possible to install a version of the latter at the cost of a few hacks. Installing the Google store is essential for many applications because the Google Play Store does much more than offer a catalog of applications.
It indeed contains a series of programming interfaces (API) on which depend many applications, in particular those which are the most popular. This is why the functioning of certain applications is likely to be limited in the absence of what is, ultimately, a true system component critical to the functioning of other programs.
In any case, if you have done the Moment 1 update, you can now go to the Microsoft Store and download the Amazon AppStore to enjoy your first Android applications on PC very quickly.