WSATools developer reveals “good” reason why Microsoft snatched his Android app loader for Windows 11

We reported a week ago that Microsoft removed WSATools, an APK installer for the Android subsystem for Windows 11, from the Microsoft Store for no apparent reason.

The developer, Simone Franco, was subsequently contacted by Microsoft to solve problems, which Franco says is “correct”, but does not expand further.

Now Franco finally revealed reasons for the removal and they seem a bit trivial.

One reason is that the app only works for Windows 11 Insiders and only in the US, where the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) is available. This dependency is not obvious from the list, with Franco writing:

the first thing is that the app should work with the majority of users as the app is based on WSA its a feature available in internal versions only + US only then it won’t work with many people (regular/non-internal users and even users outside the US)

This problem was easily solved by clarifying the WSA dependencies in the list.

The second problem is that the application fails during Microsoft’s automatic certification process. Franco published the app privately in all cases, but the app was eventually automatically removed by further automated certification checks.

“From what I understand, WSATools had one of these automated certification checks the day after update 0.1.56 was pushed and it was removed,” noted Franco.

The last thing is related to the name, Microsoft thinks that WSATools seems to be an official tool.

Franco wrote:

WSATools has… WSA. Microsoft doesn’t like this, even if “WSA” isn’t trademarked, but I understand why. They don’t want the app to be trusted or misunderstood as official.

Microsoft suggests changing the name or the list otherwise making it clear that the app has nothing to do with Microsoft.

Franco believes the app will be publicly listed once these issues are fixed, but it is still available in private mode. here.

via Neowin WSATools developer reveals “good” reason why Microsoft snatched his Android app loader for Windows 11


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