Android Apps are now available for Windows 11 users to try out

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Android apps are finally coming…to Windows 11’s beta users. 
Image: Microsoft – A limited selection of Android applications will be available for Windows 11 beta users first. Windows 11 beta users may now check out Android apps on their computers, according to Microsoft. However, there are just 50 applications accessible, which is surprising.

You can get your first Android app via the Microsoft Store if you’re a Windows Insider in the United States and your device has an Intel, AMD, or Qualcomm CPU. The shop, on the other hand, does not host the applications and instead directs you to the Amazon Appstore where you may get them. To get started, you’ll need an Amazon account.

Android applications can run alongside Windows 11 programs in the platform’s various Snap Layout modes, much like they do on Chrome OS. You can also pin them to the taskbar or the Start menu. In the Action Center, Android apps will receive push notifications, similar to how the Your Phone app, which syncs between your Android phone and PC, gathers alerts alongside Windows programs. Microsoft has added the option to share your clipboard between programs, making this built-in feature look more fluid.

This screenshot from Microsoft shows an Android app, Windows app, Progressive Web App, and a Linux app running simultaneously. 
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Because this is still in beta, the number of applications accessible to trial is quite limited—just a smattering of the 600,000 Android apps available in the Amazon Appstore, and a smidgeon of Google Play’s 3 million apps. Some of the Microsoft-provided apps were unfamiliar to me.

“We’ve collaborated with Amazon and prominent app developers to curate 50 applications for Windows Insiders to test and certify across a broad range of devices,” Microsoft said in a statement, adding that more apps would be released in the coming months. Games like Lords Mobile and June’s Journey, reading applications like Kindle and Comics (both owned and run by Amazon), and kids’ entertainment like Khan Academy Kids and Lego Duplo World are just a few of the app titles accessible.

The screenshots, at the very least, demonstrate that the new compatibility is being fully utilized. We even see a Windows app, an Android app, and a Progressive Web App running alongside the Linux-based GIMP graphics program.

In the Beta Channel of Windows 11, Microsoft will only allow Android applications to run. It intends to provide its developer channels preview access to the functionality “down the line.” We’ll simply have to wait and see when the feature reaches the rest of Windows 11 customers.