Microsoft brings Android app support on Windows 11 to Insiders in Japan

Microsoft has announced the extension of support for Android applications on Windows 11 to other countries. The company says it’s taking the first steps to make the preview available in other regions (as promised in May 2022), and Japan is the first country to begin this expansion.

The official way to install Android apps on Windows 11 is through the Amazon App Store. To access it, users in Japan must participate in the Windows Insider program and update the Microsoft Store to version 22206.1401.6 or higher. Microsoft also requires Windows 11 version 22H2 or later running on devices that meet the Windows Subsystem for Android hardware requirements.

Although Microsoft only officially supports Android apps in Japan and the United States, there are various tools and methods for users to download APK files and avoid installing the Amazon App Store. Moreover, enthusiasts have even found a way to install Google Play Services on Windows 11.

In addition to expanding Android app support to new regions, Microsoft recently introduced several notable improvements to the way its operating system handles apps from another bandwagon. The latest Windows Subsystem for Android (available to Insiders) adds gaming, scrolling, networking, and various quality of life improvements.

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