The next phase of Amazon Appstore on Windows 11 is here. A public preview of Amazon Appstore is now available to US-based Windows 11 customers. Over 1,000 apps are included in the preview, titles like Khan Academy Kids, Audible, Subway Surfers, and War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, with additional apps added as Amazon continues to work towards new feature enhancements. Both Amazon and Microsoft are working on feature improvements including graphics, input controls, and form factor to make it easier for developers to port their apps to Windows devices.
No additional action or work is required to participate in this program, however developers are able to test an app’s compatibility with Windows 11 utilizing the video tutorial provided below.
Test your app’s compatibility with Windows 11
Follow the how-to video below to learn how to test an app on Windows Subsystem for Android. If you are able to install the app and major functionality works on a Windows 11 device, no further action is needed at this time. If you encounter issues during testing, please reach out to our Developer Support Team and share the experience via a Contact Us form. The valuable feedback will help to prioritize new features and enhancements for the program.
More information will be shared during a FireSide Chat LIVE on Twitch at twitch.tv/amazonappdev on Tuesday Feb 22nd [6pm GMT/10am PST]. Amazon’s Developer Evangelists will provide a demo of Android Apps on Windows 11.
As progress continues, details surrounding General Availability will be released. Sign up here to receive updates as the program develops, and if you have not brought your app to the Amazon Appstore yet, submit your app today.
1) As a developer – how do I get my app in the catalog?
As testing capabilities continue to expand, the Amazon Appstore is constantly testing new apps to be included in this preview phase. If you’re not developing for the Amazon Appstore today, the best way to get started is to submit your app to unlock the benefits of the Amazon Appstore.
2) When is General Availability?
Amazon and Microsoft look forward to sharing more details on General Availability in 2022.
3) Will Amazon Appstore be available to Windows 11 devices internationally?
At the moment it is only available in the US but additional locales will be included at a later date.
4) How do I know if I am part of the 1,000+ apps that launched with public preview?
If your app is included in the preview, you will see the “Windows Devices” tab in the Amazon Developer Portal under enabled devices. If you do not see this option, your app is not included in this phase of the program however we will continue to add apps to the store as the program develops.
5) How can I make my app available to Windows 11 devices through the Amazon Appstore?
We are not accepting submissions targeting Windows 11 devices at this time. We will continue to add passing apps to the store as the program develops.
6) How will Android apps run on the Windows 11 OS?
Microsoft launched Windows Subsystem for Android™ (WSA) that powers the Amazon Appstore and its catalog. WSA includes the Linux kernel and the Android OS based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) version 11 and is distributed through the Microsoft Store as part of the Amazon Appstore install. Windows Subsystem for Android™ runs in a Hyper-V Virtual Machine, similar to the Windows Subsystem for Linux, and it understands how to map the runtime and APIs of apps in the AOSP environment to the Windows graphic layer, the memory buffers, the input modes, the physical and virtual devices, and the sensors.
7) What device hardware is compatible?
Find Windows 11 specs, features, and computer requirements here.