Android Apps on Windows rolled out to a few more countries

When Windows 11 was launched, one of the biggest headlines was the ability to run Android apps on the operating system. While this feature was not available at launch, Microsoft released a preview version of Windows 11 in March of this year, introducing Android apps to users in Canada and the US.

This was a test run with only around 1,000 apps being available for download from the Amazon Appstore, which Microsoft uses as its Android app store of choice on Windows 11. Over the next few months, a few more countries were added alongside the number of apps available for download

Fast-forward to September, and Microsoft is now announcing that they are expanding the scope of the Android market to significantly more regions. This now brings the total number of countries that are supported to 31. The supported countries are as follows;

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Guernsey
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxemburg
  • Monaco
  • San Marino
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Vatican City

If you are looking for Kenya, you are out of lack. This list largely consists of European countries, leaving out a lot of regions yet to receive Android apps 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 days and weeks to come.

“Today, we are excited to share that within the next few weeks, the Amazon Appstore will expand to 31 countries – including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and more,” reads a post on Microsoft’s blog.

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Alongside the expansion to new regions, Microsoft is also increasing the number of supported Android apps available for download from the Amazon Appstore on Windows. They claim that they are now more than 20,000 apps available for download, which is a significant increase from earlier in the year.

However, the Amazon Appstore has more than 500,000 apps as a whole, which indicates that they are still some way to go before the whole catalogue is brought over to the Windows ecosystem.

Microsoft finalizes by cautioning that even though your country appears in the supported list, you might still not be able to access the Amazon Appstore at the moment. All you have to do at this time is to wait as they iron out the kinks to ensure Android apps function as smoothly as possible on the Windows 11 platform.

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Naftaly is a Computer Science graduate with a passion for tech, video games and pop culture. When he is not writing articles for AndroidKenya, he is probably rewatching the Lord of the Rings trilogy for the hundredth time. Email at Twitter @KarisNaftaly