Android apps are now being tested by Insiders in the Release Preview channel

by Alexandru Poloboc
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  • Android apps for Windows 11 are getting closer and closer to official release.
  • Dev and Beta Channel Insiders have been testing the new feature for months.
  • Now, the functionality has been made available to the Public Release Channel.
  • Microsoft will provide general availability in next month's patch, most likely. 
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There have been endless discussions about having native Android app support on Microsoft’s new operating system ever since it was still learning how to walk and talk.

The Redmond-based tech company even speeded up the process and actually brought this feature to Windows 11, even though you have to sideload the applications through the Amazon Store.

Insiders in the Beta and Dev channel have been testing this new functionality for months now, and the time has finally come for Microsoft to go one step further.

Thus, the company is now allowing Windows 11 Insiders on the Release Preview channel to test native Android apps support for the OS.

Native Android support is getting closer to public relase

Note that the public preview is still only available for Insiders in the US, but it shouldn’t be long until Microsoft introduces this feature to the general public, through an update.

Don’t go thinking that Insiders have access to thousands of Android-based applications while testing this highly-requested new feature.

Actually, they can only pretty much play with roughly 50 apps for now, which behave just like ordinary Windows apps and neatly integrate with Alt + Tab, Task View, and the Notifications Center.

We’re pretty sure that most of you are psyched about this new addition, especially now that you know general availability is right around the corner.

But this isn’t the only good news if you are a huge fan of Android apps and would like to have them working natively with your Windows setup.

We say that because, while Microsoft has teamed up with Amazon to bring Android apps on Windows 11, Google is also working on bringing Android games on both Windows 10 and Windows 11.

This is still a work in progress but it’s also a preview of what is to come for the new operating system in 2022. The tech giant did promise that it will do everything in its power to make the new OS better than the previous.

Have you also been involved in the testing process for Android apps on Windows 11? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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