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Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11 improves startup times and security

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft just rolled out an update for the Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11.
  • The update is available in all Windows Insider channels but is limited to users in the United States or Japan.
  • There aren't any new features in the update, but there are several bug fixes and general improvements.

Many Windows Insiders can now download an update to the Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11. An update that brings the subsystem to version 2208.40000.4.0 is rolling out to all Insider channels. It is, however, limited to Insiders in either the United States or Japan.

The update doesn't have any new features. Instead, it brings a long list of security improvements, bug fixes, and general improvements.

Here's what's new, as shared by Microsoft:

  • Reliability fixes for App Not Responding (ANR) errors
  • Improvements to input compatibility shims
  • Improvements to scrolling (smoothness) in apps
  • Usability Improvements to the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app
  • Startup performance improvements
  • Fixed crashes when copying and pasting extremely large content
  • UX improvements for the game controls dialog
  • Improvements to networking
  • General graphics improvements
  • Improvements for gamepad when using multiple apps
  • Improved performance of uninstalling apps
  • Fixed video playback issue for apps
  • Updated to Chromium WebView 104
  • Linux kernel security updates

The Windows Subsystem for Android allows you to run Android apps on your PC alongside Windows apps. A growing library of apps is available through the Amazon Appstore, but you can also sideload Android apps onto Windows 11. It's even possible to run Google Play Store Android apps on Windows 11 if you know a few tricks.

Our guide on how to get started with Android apps on Windows 11 runs through everything you need to know, including how to set up the subsystem, how to install Android apps, and how to remove Android apps from your PC.

Today's update for Insiders is relatively small. The last major update to the Windows Subsystem for Android was back in May 2022 when it received Android 12.1.

Sean Endicott
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Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com (opens in new tab).