Microsoft is rolling out its July update for the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA), the service that allows Windows 11 to run Android applications. With this release, the subsystem is moving to version 2205.40000.14.0.
This is an important update because it makes a bunch of changes to the Windows Subsystem for Android.
Among them is advanced networking. Microsoft says app access on local networks for ARM machines will be available. Furthermore, the company is allowing VPN and IPv6 connectivity. Other changes include AV1 support and new settings.
If you are unfamiliar with WSA, it is the system that allows Windows 11 to support Android apps natively.
When Microsoft initially announced Windows 11 in June, one of the big announcements was support for Android apps, the company's latest effort to address the App Gap. This is thanks to a collaboration between Microsoft and the Amazon App Store. While apps show up on the Microsoft Store, clicking them sends users to the Amazon App Store to download and install.
Full Update Notes
We've made a huge change to networking! We're now introducing advanced networking, which enables app access to local network devices for ARM computers, allowing apps to take advantage of this functionality. We've also enabled IPv6 and VPN connectivity, enhancing the networking functionalities of the subsystem.
Settings App Update
We've updated the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app to now account for advanced networking. This means the IP address has been removed from the Developer section in the Settings app as the subsystem no longer has a different IP from your computer.
- Enabled Advanced Networking functionality, including app access to local network devices for ARM
- VM IP address removed from Settings app. With Advanced Networking, now the IP address of the VM is the same as the host/computer IP.
- Fixes for non-resizable app content on maximize or resizing
- Fixes for scrolling with mouse and trackpad in apps
- Android May Kernel patches
- Android windows marked secure can no longer be screenshotted
- Improve web browser launching
- Enable doze and app standby while charging for improved power saving
- ADB debug prompts redirected to Windows for improved security
- Updated to Chromium WebView 101
- Fixes for graphics including app flickering and graphics corruption
- Fixes for video playback
- AV1 Codec support
- Enabled IPv6 and VPN Connectivity
- Increased the performance and reliability connecting to virtual WIFI in the container
- Video playback apps can now prevent the screen from turning off in Windows
Sadly though, the new update is U.S. only for now. Here are the known issues in this new WSA version 2205.40000.14.0 update:
Some VPNs may not work with Advanced Networking. If you use a VPN and find Android apps do not have network connectivity, please disable Advanced Networking in the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app”
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