Microsoft brings Windows Subsystem for Android to Japan • The Register

Microsoft has taken a preliminary step to expand the Windows subsystem for Android outside of the US by making the preview available in Japan.

It has inexplicably taken a long time, although there are solutions for users who just need to have that super special Android app on their desktop and don’t have the necessary regional accounts.

The Windows subsystem for Android arrived almost a year ago and the preview has been quietly updated ever since.

In May, Microsoft gave an Android 12.1 update to Dev Channel Windows Insiders using the technology and most recently improved compatibility and networking.

That irritating insistence on a US account and the Amazon Appstore, however, remained. As the Amazon portion continues to harass users who would rather venture outside of Jeff Bezos’ walled garden (though once again there are ways to poke through the masonry), Microsoft is finally softening its stance that WSA is US-only with an extension to Windows. Insiders in Japan. “We are excited to take this first step on our path to making this preview available in other countries and regions,” the company said.

Getting access requires Windows 11 22H2 (or later) – hence the Windows Insider requirement – ​​and an update to version 22206.1401.6 (or later) of the Microsoft Store to install the latest version of the Amazon Appstore.

You can’t help but wonder who exactly this whiz bang is for. Microsoft’s infamous scattergun approach seems to be in play. You can launch Android apps from a connected smartphone through a recent victim of the rebranding department, Phone Link (formerly Your Phone). Developers are familiar with using an emulator for Android and now there is the long-running Windows subsystem for Android. Far be it from us to wonder if anyone saw the old Project Astoria code on a shelf after the death of Windows Phone and reinvented it, first as a Windows subsystem for Linux and now as WSA.

But if there’s a game or Android app (on the Amazon Appstore) that doesn’t have a Windows equivalent, WSA is a useful tool. The experience remains smooth and, with plans to expand beyond the US, it looks like more of Microsoft’s customers will have the opportunity to bring some mobile fun to their Windows 11 desktops. ®

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