As for the app selection, it’s as bad as you might’ve guessed
from the jump. Forget Google apps, obviously — they aren’t on
Fire Tablets, and they aren’t here. TikTok has been predominantly
featured on Microsoft’s press images for the Appstore since it
was announced, and for good reason: it’s the only major social
network with a listing. Forget Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter — you’re stuck with TikTok if you want to experience the social
side of the web.
Games don’t fare much better. Looking at the top paid titles, I
only recognized two names — and that was because I knew the
Nickelodeon properties they were based on — not the games
themselves. Free titles didn’t fare much better; you’ll find
Subway Surfers and the Talking Tom series, but not much more. None
of our favorite free-to-play titles appeared in a search: no Among
Us, Call of Duty Mobile, or Roblox.
Granted, you can fill all of these absences elsewhere on Windows
11. Many of these titles have versions on Steam or the web — you
don’t need the Android version of Among Us to play on Windows. The
same goes for those missing apps, from Google services to social
networks to recipe apps and smart home controls. It’s not hard to
access Gmail these days, even if it’s not in a dedicated app, and
that all begs the question: why does this service even exist?
Better than nothing? Maybe. A big deal? Apparently not.