Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11 updated for Windows Insiders with several key improvements

Arif Bacchus

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Microsoft has updated the Windows Subsystem for Android on all channels of the Windows Insider Program including the Dev, Beta, and Release Preview. The update brings several bug fixes and improvements, centered around video playback, networking, and more. Here’s everything you need to know.

First up, there’s the video hardware decoding changes. Microsoft updated the Windows Subsystem for Android to take advantage of hardware-accelerated H.264 decoding. This should enable a better experience in apps that take advantage of high-definition video playback. Also new are some networking changes. This is simple and Microsoft says the changes allow for future improvements. It wants Insiders to submit feedback on network issues accordingly.

Other changes in the Windows Subsystem for Android can be seen below.

  • In this update, the integration between Windows email clients and mobile apps has been improved. Apps that take advantage of launching a mail client or message should benefit from this change immediately.
  • While MSAA is a useful feature for several game apps, users were reporting that 4X MSAA could not be disabled. We were previously force-enabling anti-aliasing, which has now been fixed.
  • We’ve made improvements to general input in Windows Subsystem for Android™, including improved scrolling in the Amazon Appstore and Kindle apps.

It’s great to see that the Subsystem for Android is getting updated to patch bugs, just like it does with the subsystem for Linux. If you’re a Windows Insider, you can submit feedback so things can get better. Just go to Apps, and then Windows Subsystem for Android in Feedback Hub.