Microsoft has been working on a Windows Subsystem for Android, allowing Android apps and games to easily run on top of Windows 11. Now, the feature is rolling out to more countries.
Although the Windows Subsystem for Android is just a (complex) virtual machine, so there should be no geographical limitations, the feature has only been officially available in the United States. The restrictions may be due to the subsystem’s integration with the Amazon Appstore, which is the recommended method for installing Android apps and games, but the Amazon Appstore is currently available in over 200 countries and territories.
The good news is that the Windows Subsystem for Android will start rolling out to more countries. Microsoft revealed in a blog post, “The Amazon Appstore Preview on Windows 11 is currently available in the US, and will expand to five additional countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the UK, for end of this year.”
That is not the only improvement that is implemented in Android applications. Microsoft revealed last week that the subsystem is being updated to Android 12.1, with improved desktop integration and a revamped settings page. The update is still being tested with Windows Insiders, but should roll out to everyone once all bugs are resolved.
It’s still annoying that the subsystem is limited to certain countries, but there are unofficial methods to enable it in other regions that involve downloading the required package from the Microsoft Store.