The latest Windows subsystem update for Android improves audio recording quality and two-factor authentication.
Microsoft is rolling out a new update to the Windows subsystem for Android in the Dev and Beta channels of the Windows Insider program. The update brings the platform to version 2210.40000.7.0 and focuses on further improvements to the experience, although there are no major new additions in terms of features.
One of the improvements in this release is better audio recording quality for Android apps on Windows, so apps like Voice Memos should be a bit more useful now. Microsoft also mentions improvements to OAuth scenarios, which should mean users can now more reliably log in to certain apps and websites.
This update also adds support for MPEG2 video decoding and provides improvements to the camera experience if your device does not have a camera. That means apps that use the camera now have to deal a little better with the absence of a camera. Microsoft also mentions generic input reliability improvements. Finally, the version of Chromium that powers the web experience on Android has been updated to version 106.
It’s not the most exciting update, but these gradual upgrades make the experience smoother and smoother for users and developers, so apps can be tested more effectively on a Windows device using the Windows subsystem for Android. Microsoft releases these updates monthly, and last month’s update included some camera-related improvements among many others.
Android apps on Windows 11 are currently available in 31 countries. Initially, the feature was only rolled out in the United States with access to a limited number of apps, but testing with Insiders and other users made the experience more stable and rolled out to more markets. There are over 50,000 apps available for download from the Amazon Appstore, although you can sideload apps that aren’t available there if you wish.
If you’re a Windows Insider in the Dev or Beta channels, you can download the latest Windows subsystem update for Android from the Microsoft Store.