You may recall that when WSA was launched it was built on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) version 11, but Microsoft has updated the system to now use the latest version, namely AOSP 12.1.
While the new WSA app is still in preview, you can download that test version from the Microsoft Store right now.
As you might imagine, switching to Android 12.1 brings in a bunch of new features, with Microsoft noting that there are some important changes for windowed apps, including eliminating nasty flickering effects when minimized apps are brought back into play, and enhancements for resizing windows in a better fashion.
There are also networking improvements, allowing for Android apps to connect to devices which are on the same network as the Windows 11 PC, along with some strides forward in terms of developer tool integration.
On top of all that, we’re getting a freshly redesigned and more streamlined Settings app, and better support for the mouse and keyboard with Android apps, such as getting scroll wheels working properly.
For those hungering after a greater amount of choice in terms of applications, there will also be more Android apps available via WSA.
Analysis: Swift progress on the Android front
Microsoft is making good progress with developing Android on Windows 11, that’s for sure. And it’s equally good news to hear that the library of supported apps has been expanded, though Microsoft didn’t elaborate yet on what those fresh introductions might be.
Fingers crossed for some useful software coming through, of course. (Remember that the Android apps supported with WSA are from the Amazon App Store only – via the Microsoft Store – and not Google Play).
Naturally, the big caveat here is that this new incarnation of WSA remains in preview, so it might well be buggy. If you take the plunge right now, you can expect various glitches, no doubt…