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2022 is the year of Android on the Window’s desktop

by on27 January 2022

Windows 11 will get Android Apps next month

Microsoft is planning to launch a public preview of its Android apps for Windows 11 next month.

The move will come alongside some taskbar improvements and redesigned Notepad and Media Player apps.

Windows chief Panos Panay outlined the upcoming changes to Windows 11 in a blog post today, and they appear to be part of Windows 11's first big update.

The taskbar improvements include a mute and unmute feature and likely the ability to show a clock on secondary monitors. Both were missing at the launch of Windows 11, but Microsoft is still working on improving the taskbar further to bring back missing functionality like drag and drop.

The upcoming Windows 11 next month will also include the weather widget returning to the taskbar, something Microsoft started testing last month. Microsoft is also redesigning its Notepad and Media Player apps, and both include dark modes and design tweaks that more closely match Windows 11.

The most important addition will be Android apps on Windows 11, though. Panay says this will be a "public preview," indicating that the feature will still be in beta when it's widely available next month.

Microsoft first started testing Android apps on Windows 11 with testers in October, and the feature allows you to install a limited number of apps from Amazon's Appstore. There are a variety of workarounds to get the Google Play Store running on Windows 11, but Microsoft isn't officially supporting this.

Panay also shared a variety of stats about how important Windows has become over the past couple of years. Windows 10 and Windows 11 now run on 1.4 billion devices each month, and the PC market has experienced robust growth throughout the pandemic.


Last modified on 27 January 2022
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