Microsoft Overhauls Windows 11 Android Subsystem For Android 12L With Great Updates
Well, the next major update is almost here. As with previous new releases of Android Subsystem for Windows, it still requires Insider Preview on Windows 11 set to the Dev channel. The update comes with a feature-packed changelog, with the biggest change being that it is now on Android 12.1, also known as 12L.
Of course, this is still a beta in the test phase, so the optional telemetry collection is turned on by default. You need Windows 11 telemetry turned on to get Insider Preview builds anyway, so that probably not that big of a deal for anyone looking to experiment with the Android Subsystem for Windows. There is also improvements to networking capabilities.
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Speaking of cameras, if you have a web cam that was being detected by Android Subsystem, you may have noticed that the orientation of it was wrong. This has been fixed.
Other changes include better integration with Windows, such as a clearer indication as to what apps are taking advantage of what peripherals in Android. This will show in the system tray of Windows now. Additionally, titles will better reflect the name of the Android app running.
The full changelog is quite extensive, some of the more honorable mentions are as follows:
- Simpleperf CPU Profiler now works
- Reduced flicker when apps are restored from minimized state
- New video hardware decoding (VP8 and VP9)
- Windows Subsystem for Android updated with Chromium WebView 100
- Added support for Android NetworkLocationProvider in addition to GpsLocationProvider
Subway Surfers running in Windows 11 via Android Subsystem for Windows