Lilbits: Google Play Store and Windows Subsystem for Android, turning Surface Go 2 into a Linux tablet, and more


The Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) is an optional feature of Windows 11 that lets you run Android apps in Microsoft’s desktop operating system. Out of the box, the feature is tied to the Amazon Appstore and only a limited number of apps are available for download. But soon after Microsoft released the first preview builds of WSA, users found ways to download apps from other sources…and even ways to install the Google Play Store.

Using Google Play not only simplifies downloading and installing millions of Android apps on a Windows PC, but also opens the door to using apps that rely on Google’s services, such as apps official Gmail, YouTube or Google Maps. in WSA is quite complicated. And one of less complicated methods just closed – Microsoft disabled the GitHub repository for MagiskOnWSA, likely because it was abusing GitHub actions in a way they weren’t intended to be used.

You can still install the Google Play Store and other Google apps and services using other methods, including WSAGAScript (which is also hosted on GitHub and has not been disabled).

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