Microsoft recently launched an update to its Windows 11 Subsystem for Android. The update, version 2309.40000.8.0, was released in October 2023 to all members of the Windows Insider Program. Although no confirmed schedule for future integrations of Android 14 into the subsystem was mentioned, this update saw noticeable graphics enhancements, as well as the facilitation of .cer file sharing to Android, among other features.
What's New in the Update
Primarily, the 2309.40000.8.0 update brings noteworthy graphic improvements to the Subsystem. In addition, for heightened compatibility and flexibility, the update now renders sharing of .cer files to Android feasible. However, one prominent expected feature, the ‘Updated Chromium WebView to version 117', which was a part of a version released a few weeks prior for users of the Windows Subsystem for Android Preview program, is conspicuously absent from this update.
Providing Feedback and Joining the Preview Program
Microsoft encourages users facing issues with the Windows Subsystem for Android to relay their feedback via the Feedback Hub located under ‘Apps > Windows Subsystem for Android‘. Developers are also urged to submit their feedback on GitHub. For users who desire to test the preview versions of Android Subsystem builds, they can enroll for the WSA Preview Program on the Microsoft Learn website. It is essential to note that compatibility requirements include a minimum of 8GB of RAM, solid-state drive, and Virtual Machine Platform support.
Availability and Compatibility
Windows 11 is the first version of Windows that lets you run Android apps on your PC. This is possible thanks to the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA), a technology that integrates Android apps with the Windows environment. You can access and install Android apps from the Amazon App Store, which offers more than 20,000 apps for Windows 11 users. Microsoft is not resting on its laurels, though. It has been releasing regular updates for the WSA to make it faster, smoother, and more secure.