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Microsoft updates Windows 11 Android compatibility with Android 12.1 tests

Microsoft has begun testing Android 12.1 on Windows 11 to ensure that Android apps can continue to run well on its PCs.

The company made the announcement on Friday, May 20, on the Windows Blog. Here is part of what Microsoft said:

“Today we are shipping an update for Windows Subsystem for Android™ on Windows 11 starting with Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. This update (version 2204.40000.15.0) includes several exciting new features and improvements such as updating to Android 12.1, major Windows integration improvements, and a new Settings app experience!”

Some of the improvements that users will notice are better integration and improved camera in Android apps. In addition, the Windows taskbar now let’s you know which Android apps are using microphone and location.

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Also, Android app notifications will appear as Windows notifications while the flicker when apps are restored from a minimised state is reduced as well.

Perhaps, users will be happy to know that apps will not restart when their computer wakes up from standby mode. It will resume seamlessly now.

Microsoft claims to have fixed the on-screen keyboard in apps, full screen Android apps and auto-hidden Windows taskbar features.

All in all, the latest version of Windows-Android compatibility is expected to come with better general stability, performance and reliability.

However, Microsoft says that the update may cause some apps to fail to launch, although, it is working on addressing the issue soon. Other known issues with the latest update include unstable camera on ARM devices and printing via Android apps.

You can read the full list of known issues and changelog here.

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