What you need to know
- Windows 11 lets you run Android apps directly in the OS.
- The Amazon store is the first Android one for the new Microsoft Store.
- A Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft confirms users will be able to sideload Android APKs onto Windows 11.
The system is called Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA), and it works whether your PC runs an Intel, AMD, or Qualcomm processor. We also know that Microsoft would be OK if Samsung brought over its store, eventually, as the Microsoft Store is open to anyone, including Steam.
However, one question was about sideloading Android apps, aka APKs – could you do it? The default answer would be "well, duh," as everything else is open on Windows, and you can even sideload UWP Store apps.
And you would be correct. At least, according to Miguel de Icaza, Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft. While de Icaza is careful to note in his Twitter profile he does not speak for Microsoft, he did respond with an emphatic "Yes!" when asked about sideloading Android apps onto Windows.
Again, none of this is surprising, and our gut told us you would be able to bring your own Android apps over to Windows (it is a crucial function for developers, too). But it is nice to hear that you can do a lot more with Android on Windows 11 if your app is not found on Amazon's store.