Microsoft is rolling out a new Windows Subsystem for Android update to Windows Insiders in all channels, bringing it to version 2205.40000.14.0. With this update, the Windows Subsystem for Android now supports IPv6 and VPN connectivity, extending the networking capabilities of Android apps to Windows. VPN support is especially great if you want to bypass regional restrictions or if you have Android apps that require you to use a corporate VPN. However, Microsoft notes that some VPNs may not yet work properly.
Another change this month is that advanced networking features, which were introduced with the previous update, are now also supported on Arm devices. These features allow Android apps to access devices on the same local network as your computer, which can be useful for network-attached printers or smart home devices. The Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app has also been updated to reflect this, meaning you will no longer see your IP address here. This is because the Android subsystem’s IP address is the same as your PC’s, so you can still use it for the same purpose.
This update also adds support for the AV1 video codec, which means you should be able to play more video types in Android apps. It also includes an update to Chromium WebView, now on version 101, and it contains the May kernel patches for Android, improving subsystem security. The full changelog is below:
- Enabling advanced networking functionality including application access to local network devices for ARM
- Removed VM IP address from Settings app. With advanced networking, the VM IP address is now the same as the host/computer IP address.
- Fixes for app content not resizable when zooming or resizing
- Fixes for scrolling with mouse and trackpad in apps
- Android May Kernel Fixes
- Android windows marked as safe can no longer be captured
- Improve web browser launch
- Enable app sleep and standby while charging for better power saving
- ADB debugging prompts redirected to Windows for improved security
- Update to Chromium WebView 101
- Fixes for graphics, including app flickering and graphics corruption
- Fixes for video playback
- AV1 codec support
- IPv6 and VPN connectivity enabled
- Increased performance and reliability of connecting to virtual WIFI in the container
- Video player apps can now prevent the screen from turning off on Windows
Like most other Microsoft Store apps, the Windows Subsystem for Android will update automatically, but if you don’t want to wait for that, you can open the Microsoft Store and then go to Library -> Get updates to update all your apps. For now, this feature is only available for PCs with a region set to the United States, but Microsoft plans to roll out Android app support to five more markets by the end of the month. year.