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An updated version of the subsystem became available to participants in the Windows Insider program on the Dev channel Windows Subsystem for Android (2204.40000.15.0) for Windows 11, which brings with it several new features and improvements. In particular, the system has been updated to Android 12.1, the integration of the subsystem with Windows has been improved, and a new Settings interface has been introduced.
Microsoft has updated the operating system to Android 12.1. True, because of this, some applications may not start (for more details, see the Known Issues section).
In the new version of the subsystem, the collection of optional diagnostic data is disabled by default. If you want to help improve Windows Subsystem for Android, then enable this option in the “Windows Subsystem for Android Settings” app. After that, the subsystem will start sending information about the use of Android applications to Microsoft.
New insider builds (Build 22621+) improve networking with Windows Subsystem for Android so that Android apps can connect to devices on the same network as your Windows PC. With advanced networking capabilities, you can play content on the speaker on the same network, or set up a security camera (or other smart home device) using a compatible Android app.
Microsoft has completely redesigned the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app. Settings groups have become clearer, application navigation has become more logical, and the user interface itself has become more pleasing to the eye. Added a tool to view diagnostic data collected by the subsystem. In addition, new compatibility options have been added to fix certain applications that allow you to force a window size limit or enable swiping with the arrow keys.
Microsoft has greatly improved the integration of Android apps with Windows. In Windows 11 Insider Builds (Build 22621+), the taskbar will indicate which Android apps are currently using the microphone, location, and other system services. Also, the taskbar will now correctly hide and appear when using Android apps.
Toast notifications now appear as regular Windows notifications, and Android app window title can display activity information. In addition, new builds of Windows 11 (Build 22621+) will prevent Android apps from restarting when the device wakes up from Connected Standby, so you can pick up where you left off.
Many improvements have been made to the operation of the camera in the subsystem. The camera orientation is now fixed in its natural position. Fixed issues with camera preview not working properly, letterboxing errors, and squashing of the camera image.
The new version of the subsystem has improved mouse and keyboard support. In particular, support for the mouse wheel has been improved, fixes have been made for the focus of the on-screen keyboard and the display of the software keyboard in Android.