Windows 11 testers on the Dev Channel can download an update for the Windows Subsystem for Android today. This is the Windows component that lets Windows 11 users run Android apps coming from the Amazon Appstore, and today’s update should bring improvements to video playback, Windows integration, and security updates.
The Windows Subsystem for Android can be quite taxing on resources, and apps taking advantage of high-definition video playback may not have been providing the best viewing experience. Today’s update should finally improve this by allowing the Windows Subsystem for Android to leverage hardware accelerated H.264 decoding.
The Windows Insider team says that this update should also bring improvements to general input, with improved scrolling performance in apps like the Amazon Appstore and Kindle. If you’ve been using the Windows Subsystem for Android to play Android games, today’s update also no longer forces 4X Multisample anti-aliasing (MSAA) to be enabled.
Microsoft has also been working to improve integrations between Windows email clients and Android apps. “Apps that take advantage of launching a mail client or message should benefit from this change immediately,” the Windows Insider team said today.
Lastly, the Redmond giant implemented some networking changes in this update which will be useful for introducing “future improvements” to the Windows Subsystem for Android. The new Windows component and the Amazon App Store started rolling out to non-Insiders last month, though the public preview is still US-only for now.