Windows 11 won’t support Android apps at launch

Credit: Microsoft

Microsoft snuck some key news into a corner of the Windows 11 release date announcement: Android app support, one of the most anticipated new Windows 11 features, won’t be available when the operating system launches on October 5.

“We look forward to continuing our journey to bring Android apps to Windows 11 and the Microsoft Store through our collaboration with Amazon and Intel; this will start with a preview for Windows Insiders over the coming months,” wrote Aaron Woodman, Microsoft’s Windows marketing manager.

If Android support will only start being tested with Windows Insiders in preview form in the coming months, we’d be shocked to see it arrive in the official Windows 11 build before sometime in 2022. The effort to bring Android apps to Windows without official Google support sounds complicated, requiring the help of Amazon’s app store and conversion technology running under the hood. As Windows reporter Mark Hachman explained in our look at 7 new Windows 11 features we didn’t expect: