WSATools developer reveals “rightful” reasons why Microsoft yanked his Android app sideloader for Windows 11

We reported per week in the past that Microsoft had got rid of WSATools, an APK installer for the Android subsystem for Home windows 11, from the Microsoft Retailer for no transparent reason why.

The developer, Simone Franco,  used to be later contacted through Microsoft to unravel the problem, which Franco mentioned used to be “rightful”, however didn’t make bigger on additional.

Now Franco has in the end printed the explanations for the removing they usually appear quite trivial.

One reason why used to be that the app simplest labored for Home windows 11 Insiders, and simplest in the United States, the place the Home windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) used to be to be had. This dependency used to be no longer transparent within the checklist, with Franco writing:


the primary one is that the app should paintings for almost all of customers because the app is in line with WSA, that may be a characteristic simplest to be had in insider builds + simplest in the USA, then it received’t paintings for numerous other people (common/no longer insider customers or even customers out of doors of the USA)

This factor used to be simply resolved through making the dependencies on WSA transparent within the checklist.

The second one factor used to be that the app failed Microsoft’s computerized certification procedure. Franco printed the app privately in the end, however the app used to be in the long run most likely routinely got rid of through additional computerized certification exams.

“From what I’ve understood, WSATools had one of those automated certification exams the day after the 0.1.56 replace used to be driven, and it used to be got rid of,” famous Franco.

The final used to be to do with the title, with Microsoft feeling WSATools would possibly seem to be an professional device.

Franco writes:


WSATools has… WSA. Microsoft doesn’t like this, despite the fact that “WSA” isn’t trademarked, however I perceive why. They don’t need the app to be believed or misunderstood to be professional.

Microsoft prompt both the title be modified or the checklist another way makes it abundantly transparent the app had not anything to do with Microsoft.

Franco believes the app will develop into publicly indexed as soon as those problems are corrected, however it stays to be had privately right here.

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