Windows 11 now has the latest version of Microsoft’s Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA).
The May 2023 update includes numerous enhancements and fixes. The ability to allocate memory to Android is one of the most noteworthy updates, giving users greater control over the resources available to their mobile applications.
The updated WSA now features package verification, which scans Android apps with anti-virus software on Windows prior to installation. This helps guarantee the integrity and security of the set up software.
The new Android AppLink support allows users to access Android applications from within any app that supports this feature. This release upgrades the Linux kernel to version 5.15.94 and enhances WSA’s performance and dependability.
We noticed that the official changelog was published on the website a few days ago, so here it is Github
- WSA uses anti-virus software on Windows to check the safety of downloaded Android apps before they are allowed to be installed.
- Android’s memory allocation can be set by the user.
- Android AppLink-enabled apps can be opened from within any other app by clicking on the link.
- New kernel version of Linux is 5.15.94.
- Enhancements to WSA’s Reliability and Performance
The update has a version number of 2304.40000.3.0.
WSA is getting better and more features are coming soon
Microsoft has stated that more new features will be added to WSA in the coming months as part of its ambitious plans for the product. For instance, File Explorer and Android apps will soon be able to share files with each other thanks to an upcoming update that will permit file transfer to Android. Shortcut support for Windows will be restored in a future update.
More than a year after its debut, WSA has established itself as the bedrock upon which users of the Amazon Appstore can install mobile applications. Android application packages (APKs) and bundles can be sideloaded with the help of ADB and other third-party apps like WSATools.
Microsoft is also working to port tens of thousands of Android apps to Windows Store via the Amazon Appstore, in addition to these changes. The Previous revisions included a picture-in-picture mode which allows Android apps to run in a window on top of the currently active app.
Microsoft has shown with this update and its continued support of WSA that it is dedicated to easing the process of installing and using Android apps on Windows 11.
It’s important to remember that not all devices will be able to use WSA, so it’s up to you to make sure they do. Microsoft suggests 8 GB RAM at the bare minimum, and 16 GB RAM for the best performance. An SSD (solid-state drive) is also recommended for storage.
Minimum recommended processor specifications include an Intel Core i3 from the 8th generation or later, an AMD Ryzen 3000 or later, or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8c processor or later.