Microsoft Windows subsystem for Android finally got a stable release
After more than a year of testing, Android on PC is ready for prime time
When Windows 11 launched a little over a year ago, support for Android apps was one of the biggest attractions for Android fans like us. Microsoft promised that you’ll be able to run Android apps as if they were native software on your Windows device. However, the Windows Android Subsystem (WSA), which is responsible for handling application support, remained Only available to Windows Insiders In some markets with limited functionality. This is finally changing, as Android support enters the stabilization phase.
Microsoft’s Cory Hendrixson has announced that WSA is now rolling out to everyone in 31 markets, with just over 50,000 apps to keep you occupied. Microsoft’s solution with WSA relies on the relatively limited Amazon Appstore to access the software, but that means you won’t need a standalone Android emulator for your PC – plus, you’ll have plenty of processing power at your disposal.
With this shift, you don’t need to be a Windows Insider running a beta build of Windows 11 to start using Android apps. Simply make sure that your PC meets the minimum requirements to run WSA, then follow Guide to Install Windows Subsystem for Android and the Amazon Appstore on your device. If WSA isn’t available in your area, there are ways to install it manually (yes, PowerShell), which now works on any compatible Windows 11 PC – because you don’t have to be in the know.
Keep in mind that some functionality has yet to arrive, including support for Picture-in-Picture (PIP), device DRM, USB, direct access to Bluetooth, and Android tools — and support for more will arrive soon. Esper Editor Mishaal Rahman Also indicates that the file Android 13 update is in WSA cards.
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