Microsoft has confirmed that it is bringing the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) — which allows users to run Android apps on Windows 11 — to five new markets later this year. Currently only available in the US, WSA will launch in France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK before the end of the year, reports XDA Developers. Also Read - Microsoft, Amazon come to Tesla Employees' rescue after Elon Musk wants them to return to office
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“While Android apps are officially only available in the US, it is relatively easy to install the WSA if you are in a different country,” the report said.
“If you change your region settings in Windows, you can easily get it from the Microsoft Store,” it added.
The bigger challenge is getting the Amazon Appstore itself to work outside of the US, since it only works with US-based Amazon accounts, as per the report.
It is worth noting that Android apps can be accessed on personal computers and laptops running on Windows 11 via Amazon’s App Store. Microsoft has been gradually expanding the presence of this feature in more countries. Of course, as is the case with Windows 11, users need to adhere to some requirements to access Amazon App Store on Windows 11-powered PCs. Here are the minimum requirements for the same:
— Windows 11
— 8GB RAM
— SSD storage
— 8th-generation Intel Core i3 processor, AMD Ryzen 3000 processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8c processor