Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 yesterday and showcased the new features of the OS. But there was one feature that took the social media and tech enthusiasts by storm, and that is native Android apps support. Users will be able to download Android apps using the Microsoft store, which in turn integrates the Amazon App Store.
All of this is great, but people started wondering if there would be support for sideloading apps (APKs) on Windows 11, allowing a user to install any app that isn’t available on the Amazon App Store. And the answer is, yes.
Sideload Android Apps On Windows 11
Microsoft engineer Miguel de Icaza, who also developed the GNOME project, confirmed that one could indeed sideload Android apps on Windows 11. This is great news as you might not need to totally depend on the Amazon App Store to download your favorite apps.
As this is coming from one of the principal Microsoft engineers, the chances of this being true are pretty high. It is still not clear how exactly one would be able to install .APK files. Will it be via the terminal or by double-clicking on the APK files? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.
How Optimized Will The Apps Be?
I started to think about this when I stumbled upon David ImeI’s tweet thread.
This raises a lot of questions about how smooth Android apps will function on Windows 11. This feature might seem big, but when you rationally think about it, it looks no more than a gimmick. Either way, we might also be wrong about this one.
If you’re new to this entire Windows 11 discussion, we’ve made articles on new features that were announced in Windows 11 yesterday so, do make sure to check it out. You can also install a leaked Windows 11 build for an early glimpse at Windows11’s UI changes.