In one Change of policy, Google is urging app developers to adopt the new Android App Bundle standard and move away from the APK file format that could otherwise have been used to sideload Android apps in Windows 11.
Although the change only applies to new apps that are listed in the Google Play Store from August 2021 (and not to third-party or private apps), Google has made a few important notices in its announcement of the change. The first of these is that the new Android App Bundle format will replace APK as the default publishing format. In fact, according to Google, over 1 million apps already use the Android app bundle format.
That’s great for Android in the long run. On the other note, Google mentions that the new format allows for smaller app sizes as well as security features – but this could still be a bit of an issue in Windows 11.
This is because the app catalog of the Amazon App Store is limited in scope. Many users are already hoping to sideload, otherwise not available and popular Android apps by using APK files on Windows instead – what Microsoft said would be possible.
Of course, sideloading APKs poses security risks and other issues, but the response to the messages seems disturbing window and Android fans. With APKs on the way, it might be more difficult to sideload popular Android apps in Windows 11 when the feature is available. The Android App Bundle format only works with Google Play, which depends on the Google Play services which Windows 11 doesn’t seem to support.
Windows 11 is coming this fall and offers several new functions in addition to Android app support via the Amazon App Store. A visual redesign and multitasking features are two features. The new widgets area, an improved tablet mode, a redesigned file explorer and a new settings app are just a few of the other changes.
You can now test Windows 11 yourself through the Windows Insider Program in a few steps – of course without the support of the Android app. Microsoft mentioned that this feature would be available later this year.