Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11 updated for Windows Insiders

Microsoft has updated the Windows Subsystem for Android for Windows Insiders on the dev channel. The update has several improvements including a major Android OS update.

Ther main changes are:

  • Android 12
  • Advanced Networking
  • Settings app redesign
  • Improvements to Windows integration
  • Improvements to camera in Android apps
  • Improvements for input devices

With the Android subsystem you can run Android apps on Windows 11 from the Amazon store of via 3rd party solutions like ADB Install.

Here are the full list of changes and known issues with this WSA update:

Windows Subsystem for Android updated to Android 12.1

Advanced networking on by default for newer x64 Windows builds

Updated Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app: redesigned UX and diagnostics data viewer added

Simpleperf CPU profiler recording now works with Windows Subsystem for Android

Windows taskbar now shows which Android apps are using microphone and location

Improvements to Android app notifications appearing as Windows notifications

Reduced flicker when apps are restored from minimized state

Apps are not restarted when devices come out of connected standby on recent Windows builds

New video hardware decoding (VP8 and VP9)

Fixes for on-screen keyboard in apps

Fixes for full screen Android apps and auto-hidden Windows taskbar

Windows Subsystem for Android updated with Chromium WebView 100

Added support for Android NetworkLocationProvider in addition to GpsLocationProvider

Improved general stability, performance, and reliability

Known Issues

Instability with camera on ARM devices

Instability printing via Android apps

Some apps rendered at lower resolutions may lay out incorrectly

Some VPNs may not work with Advanced Networking. If you use a VPN and find Android apps do not have network connectivity, please disable Advanced Networking in the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app

Some apps that were previously available might be missing from the experience, fail to launch, or function incorrectly for various known issues. We’re working with our partners to address these issues as soon as possible.

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