Amazon Appstore promises Android AAB support ahead of Windows 11 release

Windows 11 Android app

Microsoft recently confirmed that the upcoming
Windows 11 would be able to run Android apps using Windows
Subsystem for Android and Windows Subsystem for Linux. These
Android apps will be available through the Microsoft Store, but
the actual download process will happen through Amazon
Appstore.

Microsoft is integrating Amazon Appstore into the Microsoft
Store where Android apps are already available. You can easily
search for Android apps through the Microsoft Store and click
on the product listings to open the Amazon Appstore within the
Microsoft Store and install the app with a few taps.

In late June, Google confirmed that it will require app
developers to use the new Android App Bundle (AAB) standard
instead of Android Application Package (APK). According to
Google, this policy applies to new apps on the Play Store and
developers will be required to ditch the current APK file
format for new apps.

Technically, Android APK apps are not being discontinued as
Android will continue to support the existing format, but it’s
likely that developers will stop publishing their apps in APK
format after Google begins enforcing AAB for its Play Store. In
other words, this new format will eventually replace APK
as the standard publishing format.

However, this won’t be a problem for Windows 11. That’s because
Amazon has confirmed support for Android App Bundle (AAB) in
its Appstore.

“Amazon Appstore is actively working to support the new format,
which will provide benefits such as smaller app size downloads
for customers and on-demand downloads for features and assets,”
the company said.

Android app in Appstore

Most apps available within the Amazon Appstore will
automatically work on Windows 11 with the developer’s
permission.

Unlike the Play Store, App Bundles won’t be required by Amazon,
but developers can soon publish their App Bundles in their
Store if they want to easily distribute the same app package
across the Play Store and Amazon Appstore.

Sideloading of Android apps would be possible on Windows 11

Google’s push for Android app bundles is not a surprising move
and it was known since at least 2018, so it’s likely that
Microsoft has already prepared Windows 11 for upcoming changes

One of the benefits of Android support is the ability to
sideload Android apps directly into the operating system.

Microsoft has already confirmed APK sideload support and
it’s likely that Windows 11 will also get support for
sideloading of Android App Bundles (AAB), but the process could
be a little more complicated.

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