Android 13 is added to the Windows subsystem for Android preview along with other changes

News Summary:

  • Android 13 has new theme options, icons, and more. I don’t know what’s new in Android 13 for Windows 11’s WSA integration, but it looks like it will ship with file transfer functionality. This feature allows a user to transfer files between his WSA container and Windows. Other new feature is “Shortcuts” and “Picture in Picture Mode”. Picture-in-picture mode allows him to run his Android app in a small container on top of his native Windows app. It’s comparable to Windows Media Player’s picture-in-picture mode or Groove Music’s mini music player. Microsoft will also enable local network access by default.

  • Microsoft has rolled out several updates to the Windows Subsystem for Android in Windows 11. According to an updated roadmap that Microsoft has quietly released on his Github, WSA is significantly faster on Windows 11 and is due for another major update in the near future. Surprisingly, Microsoft has quietly released the first roadmap for WSA. According to the GitHub page, Microsoft is working on his Android 13-based WSA for Windows 11. Android 13 is one of the biggest updates to the mobile operating system and was officially launched on August 15th, 2022.

It’s unclear when these features will come to Windows 11, but a major update is planned for early 2023.
WSA currently supports features such as audio codecs, cameras (front and rear), ClearKey DRM or MPEG-DASH content, CTS/VTS, Bluetooth direct access (and BLE), Ethernet, freeform window management, gamepads, and more. The latest version of the Windows Subsystem for Android was released last month with enhanced networking capabilities, improved game performance, improved GamePad controls, better mouse and keyboard input support, better integration with operating system features, and much more.

Added new features. You can always update to the latest version of Windows Subsystem for Android by going to Microsoft Store > Library > Check for updates. At the start of the WSA preview, only US users were able to officially try out the integration. Since then, WSA has expanded to other countries such as Japan. Earlier this month, WSA’s Amazon Appstore expanded to several new countries, including his more than 20 new regions in Europe. WSA is currently widely deployed in Europe, but a global rollout in Asian countries is not expected until early 2023.