Developers from Microsoft continue to develop the Windows Subsystem for Android, which allows users to run Android applications on Windows 11. This week, Windows Insiders on the Dev channel received Windows Subsystem for Android version 2204.40000.15.0 updated to Android 12.1, improved integration with Windows, a redesigned Settings app, and other improvements.
First of all, it is worth noting that the subsystem has been updated to Android 12.1, which is the most current version of the Google mobile OS at the moment and is only available on Google Pixel smartphones. It turns out that the test version of Windows Subsystem for Android updated to the most current version of Android faster than many smartphones.
In the new version of Windows Subsystem for Android, collection of optional diagnostic data is disabled by default. Users who want to help Microsoft develop the subsystem by sending Android app usage data to Windows need to enable this option manually in Settings. Along with this, the developers have improved the networking of new builds of Windows 11 with the Windows Subsystem for Android, so that Android applications can now connect to devices on the same network as the user’s computer.
Along with the update, users will have access to a redesigned Settings app. The developer’s post says that it has been changed to make the settings clearer and navigation more intuitive. The application also has a tool that allows you to view diagnostic data that is collected during the use of the subsystem. Along with this, the developers have added additional settings that will help make the process of interacting with Android applications more convenient.
Improved integration of Android applications with Windows is also reported. In new test builds of Windows 11, the taskbar displays information about which Android apps are using the microphone, tracking location, and accessing various system services. Along with this, the taskbar now correctly appears and disappears when launching Android applications.
The developers have made other less noticeable changes and improvements to the new version of Windows Subsystem for Android. Acquainted with full list of changes can be found on the official blog.
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