Amazon promises more Android apps for Windows as the Amazon Appstore is now available for Android developers. Once the preview period is complete, Amazon Appstore is actively recruiting Android developers to port their apps to Windows. This initiative will significantly increase the number of Android applications available to PC users.
Windows 11 introduces many new features including the ability to run Android apps. Amazon now offers Android developers the ability to port their apps to Windows with minimal changes. The functionality of Android apps on Windows is implemented through the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA), a virtual machine that runs alongside traditional Windows apps. Users can download third-party apps and even get the Google Play Store working, but the Amazon Appstore remains the only “official” way to install Android apps on a PC.
In the beginning, the Amazon Appstore included only a portion of the Android apps in its portfolio, which was a small fraction of all Android apps in the Google ecosystem. According to Amazon, their app store is now “open to alland provides tools that developers can use to adapt their applications to Windows. “We look forward to many more Android apps and games in the Amazon Appstore for Windows 11says Amazon in a blog post.
This initiative is expected to result in a significant increase in the number of Android apps running on Windows. However, it is not yet clear how interested developers are. WSA is not installed on systems by default and there are strict system requirements for installation. You’ll need at least 8GB of RAM (16GB recommended), a Ryzen 3000 or 8th Gen Intel Core processor or higher, and an SSD. Installing WSA can be confusing even if your PC meets the requirements. This can be a hindrance for many Windows 11 users when using Android apps on their PCs.
If you want to see all the apps that might appear in the WSA, open the Windows Store and search for the Amazon Appstore. The store installs the subsystem and the subsystem installs the Amazon client. From there you can install Amazon apps or download your own if Amazon’s prediction of more Android apps doesn’t come true.
Undoubtedly, Amazon is keen to play a major role in bringing Android apps into the Windows 11 ecosystem. The end result will depend on the activity of the developers. Despite the challenges, there are new ways to improve the user experience in Windows 11.