Android apps have been available for testing on Windows 11 for much of 2022, and Microsoft has been working hard throughout that time to improve the experience. Not only did the Windows 11 update speed up Android apps last month, but the latest version of the operating system, Android 13 “Tiramisu”, is in development and will roll out in the future.
This final update will be welcome; in the “Roadmap for the future” section. Microsoft’s GitHub page (opens in a new tab) lists “File Transfer”, “Local Network Access”, and several other improvements, all of which will give Android apps smart new features when used on Windows.
While it’s great that Microsoft is improving the Android experience on PC, I still have no desire to try it on a desktop. Why? Well, it mostly comes down to the awful apps that overflow the Microsoft Store; in short, the company has a growing problem in this area that needs to be addressed soon.
For now, she gives up Tiramisu
The image above illustrates why I didn’t want to try out Android apps on Windows 11. Unnecessary apps are all over the Microsoft Store, and while the plan on Microsoft’s GitHub page may attract other developers to build or update their Windows 11 apps, it seems pointless. venture.
The store is full of apps that don’t do what they say. Granted, this is due to downloading Android apps from the Amazon App Store, where anyone can submit an app, rather than from the Google Play Store, but surely Microsoft could have a team to at least approve or reject apps that includes in its own store.
Instead, we have a situation where the idea of an Android app on Windows sounds great, but where the execution is poor. As a result, we now have a redesigned Microsoft Store that was useful a year ago but is now full of junk Android apps.
If Microsoft wants Windows 11 to be usable and safe for everyone – and it probably is – it needs to perform better. Until then, using Android on PC will be frustrating.