Microsoft Finally Introduces Android App Compability, And It’s Pretty Underwhelming

One of the longest awaited features that people were excited about in the new Microsoft Windows 11 operating system was the ability to run Android apps directly from their desktop or laptop computer. Over a year has passed since the launch of Windows 11, and while it has taken a long time to make the update Microsoft has finally delivered on its promise with all things having been considered and taken into account.

In spite of the fact that this is the case, most users feel underwhelmed by the update. The implementation of these apps is quite clunky which raises questions about its value or functionality. Users have to select from a list of Android apps that have been modified to be functional on a computer, but with all of that having been said and now out of the way it is important to note that the selection of apps is too limited to be of use.

What makes things even worse than might have been the case otherwise is that even though these apps were supposedly optimized they don’t seem to be able to function properly in a PC environment. Another factor that is at play here is that only apps from the Amazon App Store are available, so if your favorite app is on the Play Store you might not be able to start using it on PC for the foreseeable future.

There are a number of other practical inconveniences that make this update disappointing to say the least. Users will have to create an Amazon App Store account to be able to use any apps, so this is a level of cross brand cooperation that does not fall under the best interests of consumers.

For all of the pomp and publicity surrounding this update, with many claiming that it would be game changer, it seems unlikely that Android app compatibility on Windows 11 would make a huge impact. Microsoft would have to make several tweaks before it can reach the level of widespread usage that would make it feasible for regular consumers who want a good user experience.

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