Microsoft recently confirmed that the upcoming Windows 11 would be able to run Android apps using Windows Subsystem for Android and Windows Subsystem for Linux. These Android apps will be available through the Microsoft Store, but the actual download process will happen through Amazon Appstore.
Microsoft is integrating Amazon Appstore into the Microsoft Store where Android apps are already available. You can easily search for Android apps through the Microsoft Store and click on the product listings to open the Amazon Appstore within the Microsoft Store and install the app with a few taps.
In late June, Google confirmed that it will require app developers to use the new Android App Bundle (AAB) standard instead of Android Application Package (APK). According to Google, this policy applies to new apps on the Play Store and developers will be required to ditch the current APK file format for new apps.
At the moment, the Android App Bundle format is required for new apps on the Play Store only but it is believed that this new format will eventually replace APK as the standard publishing format.
However, this won’t be a problem for Windows 11. That’s because Amazon has confirmed support for Android App Bundle (AAB) in its Appstore, but currently, there isn’t a date on when support will be available.
“Amazon Appstore is actively working to support the new format, which will provide benefits such as smaller app size downloads for customers and on-demand downloads for features and assets,” the company said.
Unlike the Play Store, App Bundles won’t be required by Amazon, but developers can soon publish their App Bundles in their Store if they want to easily distribute the same app package across the Play Store and Amazon Appstore.
While Android apps are officially supported via Appstore on Windows 11, one of the benefits of Android support was the ability to sideload Android apps directly in the operating system.
In theory, Windows 11 will also support sideloading of Android App Bundles (AAB), but the process could be a little more complicated.