Microsoft Updates Windows Subsystem for Android for US Insiders

Posted on July 6, 2022 by Laurent Giret in Android, Windows, Windows 11 with 2 Comments

Windows Insiders in the US can download a new update for the Windows Subsystem for Android today. The main changes include the addition of advanced networking support, which now allows Android apps to access local network devices for ARM computers, in addition to IPv6 and VPN connectivity.

The Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app has also been updated to reflect these changes to networking. The IP address for the virtual machine is no longer displayed in the Developer section of the Settings app as the Windows Subsystem for Android now uses the same IP as the host device.

This update also brings many other changes including AV1 codec support and fixes for video playback apps, which can now prevent the screen from turning off. There are also fixes for scrolling with mouse and trackpad in apps, as well as improvements for non-resizable app content on maximizing or resizing.

If you use the Windows Subsystem for Android on a laptop, this update also enables doze and app standby support while charging for improved power saving. The Windows Subsystem for Android can be quite heavy on resources so this should be a welcome change.

Today’s update is available for all Windows 11 Insider channels in the US. In case you missed it yesterday, Microsoft just split the Windows Insider Beta Channel into two groups, with one of them automatically getting new features while the other group will have these features turned off by default.

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2 responses to “Microsoft Updates Windows Subsystem for Android for US Insiders”

  1. rmlounsbury

    I don't know if anyone else has the same experience. But running on a Surface Pro X w/8GB of ram on the system Android Subsystem pretty much ate all the resources on the Pro X and the system became unusable without even opening an Android app.

    I knew it would be fast but I didn't expect it to take out an ARM system and seemingly needing more than 8 GB of ram just to start up ASW much less launch an Android app. I ended up just using app mirroring from my Android device. Which is limiting since you can only do that with Samsung & Duo phones.

  2. rycott

    US only. That's worked so well for Microsoft before with their more consumer-oriented stuff.