September 30, 2023

Amazon introduced that its Appstore for Android in Home windows 11 has exited preview and is now typically out there for builders. That was an extended preview: the primary preview launch arrived in February 2022, and solely in the USA, 18 months in the past.

“Increasing your Android app’s attain to a whole bunch of thousands and thousands of recent customers simply obtained simpler—Amazon Appstore on Home windows 11 is now typically out there for all builders,” the Amazon Appstore Developer workforce writes in its announcement submit. “In partnership with Microsoft, we utilized the Home windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) to offer a first-class expertise for operating Android apps out there within the Amazon Appstore. Fashionable Android apps and video games—together with Audible, TikTok, Lords Cellular, Hungry Shark Evolution, and Epic Seven—are actually reaching new customers on PCs with out having to create a separate desktop model for Home windows.”

Among the many curious issues in regards to the Amazon Appstore is that Microsoft claimed in October 2022 there have been over 50,000 apps within the retailer, however each time I checked it, most lately once I wrote the Android Apps chapter for the Home windows 11 Discipline Information, there have been solely dozens of apps. I can’t confirm that there are 50,000 apps there now, however trying on the full apps record, it’s clear there are lots of, many apps there. Granted, most of them are crap. However progress was made.

Amazon has some good documentation for these builders who want to carry their Android apps to Home windows 11 with out having to create a separate native app. This consists of:

Android builders can even be taught extra in regards to the AppStore for Android on the Amazon Developer web site.

The Amazon Appstore is accessible in Andorra, Australia, Austria, Canada, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Cook dinner Islands, Belgium, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Heard and McDonald Islands, Eire, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, San Marino, Spain, Switzerland, Tokelau, the UK, the USA, and Vatican Metropolis. It’s free and could be downloaded from the Microsoft Retailer in Home windows 11.