Microsoft has just released a big update for the Windows 11 Subsystem for Android ahead of its Build 2022 conference next week. The update is only available for Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel, and it brings better mouse and keyboard support for Android apps, as well as improvements to the ways these apps integrate with Windows 11.
With this release, the Windows Subsystem for Android has also been updated to Android 12.1. Microsoft has acknowledged that some apps may not fail to launch or be unstable, but Microsoft is already working to fix these issues.
Here are the main new features in this Windows Subsystem for Android update:
Advanced Networking: Android apps can now connect to devices on the same network as your Windows PC, including devices or security cameras.
Better Windows integration: The Windows 11 taskbar will now display which Android apps are currently using microphone, location, and other system services. Android toast notifications will also now appear as Windows notifications.
Mouse and keyboard improvements: This update brings improved scroll-wheel support in Android apps, as well as bug fixes for the Android software keyboard
Camera improvements: Microsoft has fixed bugs affecting camera orientation, camera preview, and the camera feed
Video hardware decoding (VP8 and VP9): This should make a performance difference in Android apps using these codecs
Redesigned Settings app: Microsoft has revamped the app from the ground up to add clearer setting groups and a diagnostic data viewer (telemetry collection is now off by default).
Please note that you’ll need to be running the Windows 11 Insider build 22621 or newer to take advantage of most of these improvements. Unfortunately, Android apps on Windows 11 remain only available in the US at this time, but these new Windows Subsystem for Android improvements could be the sign of an upcoming broader rollout.