Windows 11 will be able to load Android applications
According to a Microsoft engineer, Windows 11 users will have the ability to load Android apps onto the operating system, which sounds like an answer to one of the biggest questions we asked ourselves when Microsoft announced it was bringing apps. Android to Windows 11 via the Amazon Appstore (via Android Police). This means that once Windows 11, you won’t just have to stick with the apps that Amazon makes available, but it raises new questions about how Android apps work on Windows.
For example, it’s unclear what the process of running or installing a side-loading app will be. Technically, Chrome OS also has the ability to run sideloaded apps, but the process isn’t exactly straightforward as it involves activating Linux and performing some command line jobs. We’ve asked Microsoft for details on running Android apps outside of the Amazon Appstore, but haven’t received a response.
The desire to download apps on Windows may not be as strong if Microsoft had included Google’s Play Store instead of Amazon’s Appstore. While having any app store will obviously allow Windows users to access many programs that they previously couldn’t run on their computers, Amazon has some notable omissions in its catalog. If a Windows user wanted to run the Android version of Snapchat or Apple Music, they couldn’t get them from Amazon.
While sideloading apps helps solve this problem, it does raise its own concerns. The first is the question of where users will get these apps: While it is not likely that there will be any hacking issues with free apps like Snapchat, the ability to upload an APK could allow people to get paid apps for free from less than legal apps. repositories.
There is also the issue of security and whether Windows will have the ability to scan sideways downloaded apps for potentially malicious behavior, a feature Google is already building into Android.
While it’s clear Microsoft has yet to cover a lot of what it will look like to run Android apps on Windows 11 (although the technical details revealed are fascinating), it’s still good to have confirmation from someone at Microsoft that the selection of Android applications will not be limited to what is on the Amazon Appstore.
Hopefully Microsoft will start sharing more details about exactly how Android apps work soon so that it can get feedback from Windows users and Android developers before the feature becomes available to everyone, possibly later this year. .