Microsoft is releasing the latest updates for the Windows subsystem for Android on Windows 11 on every channel of the Insider Program. These updates were first available on the Dev channel a few weeks ago and include, among other improvements, Android 12.1, also known as Android 12L.
The latest version of the Windows subsystem for Android is 2204.40000.19.0, which is actually a bit higher than the version that was released on the Dev channel a few weeks ago, but there are no new changes if you already had the latest version in the Dev channel . If you’re in Beta or Release Preview channels, though, there’s plenty to unpack here.
One of the big new features is support for advanced networks, which means that Android apps can connect to other devices on the same physical network as your laptop, such as security cameras or speakers. In addition, applications that use the camera should now be displayed in the correct orientation, depending on the physical orientation of the webcam, and issues such as letterbox writing or camera flow distortion have been fixed. You should also see better support for mouse and keyboard input, as well as better integration with Windows notifications.
In addition to Android 12.1, this update also includes the latest version of Chromium WebView, plus there’s a completely new Settings app for the Windows subsystem for Android. This new app has new bundled settings, so it’s easier to find what you’re looking for, plus it now allows you to force apps to be resizable, which may be useful to test how apps behave in certain scenarios. .
Finally, Microsoft also turned off the diagnostic data for the Windows subsystem for Android by default, and you can reactivate it in settings. Although completely optional, diagnostic data can help Microsoft improve the experience in the future. You can now also examine all diagnostic data in the settings application.
To upgrade to the latest version of the Windows subsystem for Android, you can go to the Library section of the Microsoft Store to see if there are any updates.