Using Android apps on Windows PCs: progress is being made

Microsoft continues to develop the subsystem for Android on Windows 11 PCs. Those are the innovations.

Microsoft has updated the Windows Subsystem for Android for Windows 11, according to a blog post. With the Windows Subsystem for Android you can run Android apps on the Windows machine.

The Windows subsystem for Android now has the version number 2205.40000.14.0. However, users of the final version of Windows 11 cannot yet try the Windows subsystem for Android, as it is currently only included in the test versions for Insiders and even then only for Insider testers from the USA.

Those are the innovations

The Windows subsystem for Android version 2205.40000.14.0 now offers an advanced network function. It allows app access to local network devices for ARM computers. Also, Microsoft has enabled IPv6 and VPN connectivity.

Microsoft has updated the Subsystem Settings app to include advanced networking features. Microsoft removed the IP address from the Developer section in the Settings app because the subsystem no longer has a different IP address than your computer. The Android subsystem now uses the same IP address as the host system/Windows computer.

Above all, the update brings a wealth of error corrections, for example when maximizing and minimizing the app content or when scrolling with the mouse and trackpad in the apps. The start of the web browser is also said to have been improved. Some improvements affect the graphics display, others the playing of videos. VPN connections should also benefit from the update, but Microsoft points out that some VPN services may not be compatible with the advanced network functions.

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