When Windows 11 launched, one of the biggest headlines was: the ability to run Android apps on the operating system. While this function was not available at launchMicrosoft released a preview version of Windows 11 in March this year, introducing Android apps to users in Canada and the US.
This was a test run where only about 1,000 apps were available for download from the Amazon Appstore, which Microsoft uses as the Android app store of choice on Windows 11. Over the next few months, a few more countries were added in addition to the number of apps available to download. to download
Fast-forward to September, and Microsoft is now announcing that they are expanding the reach of the Android market to significantly more regions. This now brings the total number of supported countries to 31. The supported countries are as follows;
- island of Man
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Vatican CITY
If you are looking for Kenya, you have no shortage. This list is largely made up of European countries, leaving out many regions that have yet to receive Android app support, especially those countries in Africa and Asia. The list currently stands at 21 countries, indicating that a few more countries will get the update in the coming days and weeks.
“Today we are excited to share that the Amazon Appstore will expand to 31 countries in the coming weeks – including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and more,” reads a post on Microsoft’s blog.
In addition to expanding to new regions, Microsoft is also increasing the number of supported Android apps that can be downloaded from the Amazon Appstore on Windows. They claim they now have over 20,000 apps available for download, which is a significant increase from earlier this year.
However, the Amazon Appstore has over 500,000 apps as a whole, indicating that there is still a long way to go before the entire catalog is transferred to the Windows ecosystem.
Microsoft closes by warning that although your country is in the supported list, you may not be able to access the Amazon Appstore at this time. All you need to do at this point is wait while they iron out the kinks to make sure Android apps run as smoothly as possible on the Windows 11 platform.