Android apps are available for testing on Windows 11 for most of 2022, and Microsoft has been working hard to improve the experience throughout that time. Not only did a Windows 11 update make Android apps faster last month, but the latest version of the OS, Android 13 ‘Tiramisu’, is in development for release in the future.
The latest update will be welcome; the “Future Roadmap” section of the Microsoft’s GitHub page (opens in new tab) list ‘File Transfer’, ‘Local Network Access’ and many other improvements, all of which will give Android apps smart new features when used on Windows.
However, while it’s great that Microsoft is improving the Android experience on PC, I’m still not tempted to try it on a desktop. Because? Well, it mostly comes down to the terrible apps that are overflowing the Microsoft Store; in short, the company has a growing problem in this area that needs to be resolved soon.
Passing by Tiramisu for now
The image above exemplifies why I’m not interested in trying out Android apps on Windows 11. Unwanted apps are all over the Microsoft Store, and while the roadmap on Microsoft’s GitHub page might entice other developers to build or update their apps for Windows 11, seems like a futile effort.
The store is full of apps that don’t do what they say. It’s true that this is because Android apps are pulled from Amazon’s App Store, where anyone can upload an app, rather than the Google Play Store, but surely Microsoft could have a team to at least approve or reject the included applications. in your own store.
Instead, we have a situation where the idea of Android apps on Windows sounds great, but the execution is poor. And as a result, we now have a redesigned Microsoft Store that was useful a year ago but is now full of useless Android apps.
If Microsoft wants Windows 11 to be useful and safe for everyone – and it presumably does – it needs to do better. Until then, the Android experience on PC will remain a frustrating work in progress.