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Windows 11’s Android subsystem gets March 2023 update with improvements

Windows Subsystem for Android is the technology that allows Windows 11 to run Android apps natively. Many advancements have been made to the underlying technology since the WSA was first introduced with Windows 11 in 2021. The most recent update concentrated on bug fixes and quality enhancements, such as the ability to zoom out with a touchpad or mouse.

This week, Microsoft announced in the Windows Insider Program channels that a new version of the Windows Subsystem for Android had been released. There are no major additions or changes with this update, but Microsoft has addressed a number of bugs, including one that negatively impacted audio performance and other functions.

As released on the Github website by Microsoft. We noticed today that WSA had been updated to version 2302.4000 on the Dev and Beta channels; the official release notes confirmed this, saying that it includes stability improvements for graphics card selection.

Even though it’s not clear how the graphic card selection was enhanced, making this choice no longer causes the WSA settings container to stutter. Microsoft is updating the WSA Settings with this patch and introducing new performance controls for GPUs. Options, however, are device-specific.

The docking and undocking of external displays is also improved. For some users, this caused performance issues. Improvements to the audio buffer and security updates for Android 13 round out the list of fixes.

There aren’t any major new features, and the changes that have been made so far have been relatively minor. Because of these enhancements, Android apps should run more smoothly on PCs running Windows 11.

After subscribing to the Beta or Dev channel, the March 2023 update can be downloaded and installed from the Microsoft Store.

Windows Subsystem for Android is getting better. Slowly.

It has long been a pain point for Windows users to successfully run Android apps.

BlueStacks, which runs Android inside an emulator container on Windows, is one of the most well-liked and straightforward options. BlueStacks, on the other hand, is optimized primarily for gaming and does not offer a smooth user experience.

Microsoft’s Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) aims to rectify this by facilitating the installation of software obtained from the Amazon App store. Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime are among those that can function as native apps on Windows 11.

Windows 11 Android integration video streaming
Listing of WSA on the Microsoft Store

An Example of The addition of support for Android 13 is one of the most recent and significant updates to WSA, which improved boot time by up to 50% in some cases and added a new command line option to schedule when to shut down WSA.

Improvements to mouse input, clipboard stability, app resizing, Intel bridge technology, media file opening speed, and many more can be found in Android 13.

Computers with Windows 11 and an Intel Core i3 from the 8th generation or later, a Ryzen 3000, or a Snapdragon 8c processor or higher are required to run Android apps.

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