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Microsoft brings Windows 11 Android store to more markets with new features

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Microsoft released the highly anticipated Windows 11 feature update in February 2022 with a public preview of Android apps on the desktop. The easiest way to run Android apps on Windows 11 is through the Amazon App Store, but the app store is not available to everyone running the operating system.

Amazon App Store, which is offered through the Microsoft Store, is currently exclusive to users in the United States. In other words, if you want to use Android apps on Windows 11, you need to manually download Android APKs from a third-party site and sideload apps using the terminal.

At the time, Microsoft promised that it was working to bring this feature to more users around the world. During the build 2022, Microsoft finally confirmed that the feature is still on track to launch outside of the United States. In addition, Android on Windows 11 will be updated to Android 12.1 with support for new features.

Microsoft plans to launch the app store in five additional countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany and Japan. An ETA on when this should happen is not available, nor do we know when the integration will expand to more markets.

Remember that Android apps can be installed smoothly using the terminal and the overall experience is apparently better than the Amazon App Store. In fact, Amazon Store currently ships with only 1,000 apps and games.

New Features Coming to Android

Microsoft is also working on a major update to Windows Subsystem for Android. This update is already rolling out to users in the Dev or Beta channel.

First and foremost, WSA now runs Android 12.1, also known as Android 12L. This should allow WSA to take advantage of the new Android features. In addition, Microsoft has enabled advanced networking features, which allow Android apps to connect to other devices on the same network as your desktop.

The other devices can be your smart camera or a speaker.

Likewise, Microsoft promises better integration between Android and Windows 11 in the next version. For example, you can see which Android apps are using your microphone, location, etc. As you may have noticed, Windows 11 allows you to monitor microphone or location usage for native apps via the taskbar. The same feature is coming to Android apps.

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