Microsoft is revealing the next version of Windows today, Windows 11, and one surprise announcement is that Android apps will be available on Windows PCs via the Amazon Appstore. Amazon’s Appstore will be integrated into the Windows Store, where you’ll be able to browse and install Android apps directly.
This is an interesting expansion for the Amazon Appstore and will, hopefully, bring more Android apps, that are currently only available in the Google Play Store, over to the Amazon Appstore. That would be great for Amazon Fire tablet owners, who often need to sideload the Google Play Store on Fire tablets in order to get some apps not available through the built-in appstore.
One side benefit this may have is providing an easier way to pull APKs from Amazon’s appstore. Currently, the only way to download an APK from Amazon’s appstore is to first install the app on an Android device and then pull it off of the device. With the upcoming Windows Store integration, getting APKs out of the Amazon Appstore may become possible without needing a compatible Android device at all.
While there aren’t too many apps that are only available on the Amazon Appstore, I do see requests for specific Amazon Appstore apps from people that are either in a blocked region of the world or from people wanting who don’t have the necessary device. This is especially true for Android TV device owners that want apps only available on Fire TV devices, however, I have a feeling that Fire TV apps will be excluded from the ones made available on Windows PCs.