Microsoft releases Android 12L for Windows Subsystem for Android with tons of new features

Microsoft has released a new update to the Windows Subsystem for Android with many new features thanks to the updated Android 12L OS. The new update is currently available to Windows 11 users who have opted into the development or beta channels in the Windows Insider Program. The latest version of the Windows Subsystem for Android, v2204.40000.15.0, contains many new features, improvements, and fixes. You can learn more about the updated Windows Subsystem for Android running Android 12.1 here.

As mentioned earlier, the new update brings a lot of new features. The update adds new Android 12.1 capabilities, Advanced Networking (for using other devices on the same network, such as smart speakers or security cameras), a redesigned Settings app (Microsoft says: “We’ve redesigned the app from the ground up, now with clearer settings groups , grouped navigation, and a cleaner user interface.”).

The update also brings more control over privacy, with apps that use the microphone, location, and other system services now showing up in the Windows taskbar. In addition to these features, the update includes camera improvements, improved mouse and keyboard input, Chromium WebView extension to version 100, new hardware video decoding, and more. You can check out the full list of features that Microsoft shared on the Windows Insider Blog here .

Android 12.1 Update for Windows Subsystem for Android – Changelog

  • Windows Subsystem for Android updated to Android 12.1
  • Enhanced Networking is enabled by default for newer x64 builds of Windows.
  • Updated Windows Subsystem for the Android Settings app with a redesigned user interface and diagnostic data viewer.
  • Simpleperf CPU profiler entry now works with Windows Subsystem for Android
  • Windows taskbar now shows which Android apps are using the microphone and location
  • Improvements to Android app notifications that appear as Windows notifications.
  • Reduced flickering when restoring applications from a minimized state.
  • Apps don’t restart when devices wake up from Connected Standby in recent builds of Windows.
  • New hardware video decoding (VP8 and VP9)
  • Fixes for the on-screen keyboard in apps
  • Fixes for fullscreen Android apps and automatically hidden Windows taskbar.
  • Windows Subsystem for Android updated with Chromium WebView 100
  • Added support for Android NetworkLocationProvider in addition to GpsLocationProvider.
  • Improved overall stability, performance and reliability

Android 12.1 Update for Windows Subsystem for Android – Known Issues

  • Camera instability on ARM devices
  • Unstable printing via Android apps
  • Some applications displayed at lower resolutions may not display correctly.
  • Some VPNs may not work with Advanced Networking. If you’re using a VPN and find that Android apps don’t have network connectivity, disable Advanced Networking in the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app.
  • Some apps that were previously available may be missing, not launching, or not working properly due to various known issues. We are working with our partners to resolve these issues as soon as possible.

If you’re running Windows 11 build 22621 or later, you can update the Windows Subsystem for Android from the Microsoft Store and access the Android-focused 12.1 WSA.

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