Windows 11 now receives Android 12.1 via update
Microsoft is now integrating Android 12.1 into Windows 11, which also adds some new functions.
Windows 11: Android apps will soon be usable directly on the Windows desktop.
What many smartphone manufacturers cannot do is not a problem for Microsoft: Android 12.1 (Android 12L) is now integrated in Windows 11, as the developers confirm in a blog post. Specifically, the so-called Windows Subsystem for Android, which is available for Windows 11, will be updated accordingly. So far, however, only for a few Windows insiders in the USA.
The more recent Android 12.1 is initially available in the Windows 11 version with build number 2204.40000.15.0 for Windows Insiders in the Dev channel.
The integration of Android 12.1 in Windows 11 will be really exciting with the release of Windows 11 version 22H2 (more info here) later this year, when all Windows 11 users worldwide will finally get this function that enables Android applications to run on the Windows 11 desktop. In September 2021 we regretted that Windows 11 had started without this exciting innovation. More on this in our article: It’s a shame – Windows 11 starts without a top innovation!
Windows 11: This brings the new version of the Windows Subsystem for Android
With the update, Microsoft improves the connectivity of the installed Android apps so that they can connect to the same network as Windows 11. “With advanced connectivity, you can play your favorite content on a speaker on the same network, or set up a security camera (or other smart home device) with a compatible Android app,” explains Microsoft.
In addition, the settings of Windows Subsystem for Android have also been redesigned, which should make it easier to use. There is also improved integration of the installed Android apps in the Windows environment. Corresponding icons now appear in the Windows taskbar when an Android app uses the microphone, location sharing or other system services of the Windows 11 computer.
The release notes also mention that Android apps with camera functions should now work better. There are also improvements in the support of input devices.