General questions about Android apps on Windows 11


ZodWallop

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I currently have a Surface Pro 5 running Windows 11 preview build. I'm a generation too old for the official upgrade. So even though I'm running Windows 11, I can't install the Amazon app store/Android apps.

Mostly I don't mind. My main interest in bothering with Android apps in Windows is the comic reader apps. They are better than the Windows ones (Cover is okay, but several Android ones are better). But I have been thinking about a new Surface and I have a few questions, putting aside the ability to load Google Play or any sort of jerry-rigging. I just mean Android as it is implemented out of the box:
  1. In the list of apps currently available from the Amazon app store, are Perfect Viewer or Challenger Comics available? They are in the Amazon app store, but I know a smaller subset of those are available to install on Windows, or at least that was the case.
  2. Can Android apps access 'outside' files, like files on an SD card or in the Documents folder? Or are they sandboxed off?
Currently I use my Surface for most things and a large Samsung tablet to read comics. It would be nice to combine the two into a single device.
 
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ZodWallop

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Android apps are sideloaded into Windows 11 from the Amazon app store, not the windows store.
This tells you how they are installed. Get started using Android apps on Windows 11

Thank you for the reply. But I already know that. My questions are:

1. In the list of apps currently available from the Amazon app store, are Perfect Viewer or Challenger Comics available? They are in the Amazon app store, but I know a smaller subset of those are available to install on Windows, or at least that was the case.

2. Can Android apps access 'outside' files, like files on an SD card or in the Documents folder? Or are they sandboxed off?
 

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    Intel Core i5-7300U CPU @ 2.60GHz
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Sorry, I don't have Windows Subsystem for Android installed since I don't use them.. Maybe someone who does will answer your question.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro 22H2 22621.382
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 m.2 2230-256+1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 21H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
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