Android apps now run faster on Windows 11

With Windows 11 version 21H2 or newer, it is possible to run Android applications natively on a computer. Running Android apps on Windows 11 improves the overall experience, giving users the ability to smoothly use their mobile apps or desktop games. It also makes Windows 11 much more useful for mobile users.

The Android app store platform offers a selection of work and productivity apps that you can use for serious Windows tasks. For those who don’t know, the Android subsystem provides a native app-like experience with a proxy between the Android app model and the Windows app model.

It uses a virtual machine that enables support for Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which is an open source platform version of Android that does not require any direct support from Google. In other words, AOSP allows Android to run on any platform that has access to Google services.

Microsoft has also partnered with Intel for Bridge Technology, a runtime post-compiler for running mobile applications on x86 hardware. This also guarantees better performance on Intel machines, but it is not necessary on AMD or Arm devices. Android apps continue to work fine on Windows 11 on devices with AMD or ARM processors.

Android app on Windows 11
Android Telegram app running through WSA

Despite these measures and tighter integration, Android apps may take longer than usual to launch on Windows. Microsoft is aware of potential performance issues and is releasing a new Windows Subsystem for Android version 2208.40000.4.0 to improve the performance, reliability, and security of Android apps.

For example, Microsoft fixed an issue that could cause Android apps to launch late. This update improves the startup time of mobile applications and improves the usability of the WSA application.

Here is a list of all bug fixes and improvements:

  • Microsoft has released reliability fixes for App Not Responding (ANR) errors.
  • Input compatibility wedges and scrolling are now smoother in apps.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue that caused WSA to crash when copying and pasting extremely large content
  • Better UX control for game dialogue.
  • Networking is also slightly faster.
  • There are general graphical improvements, which means you will notice FPS improvements if you play games.
  • Better gamepad integration, especially when using multiple apps.
  • Apps can now be deleted quickly.
  • Chromium WebView 104 support added.
  • Fixed video playback issue for apps, Linux kernel improvements

Remember that WSA is officially available in the United States and Japan. If you want to download the update right now, join the release preview channel and switch the localization to US.

You can return to the local region after downloading the update.

It should be noted that WSA is still a work in progress and is likely to become more stable in a few months.

For those unaware, this isn’t the first time the tech giant has attempted to bridge the gap between Android OS and Windows. Back in the Windows Phone era, Microsoft was successful in porting Android apps to Windows Phones through its “Astoria” bridge project.

Like WSA, the Astoria Android project did quite well, but the company later scrapped the idea because it might have slowed Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP) push.

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