Android 13.1 is Coming to PCs Running Windows 11: When Windows 11 was first announced, it lacked a highly-anticipated feature: the ability to run Android apps natively without launching an emulator. This past fall saw the release of the finalized Windows Subsystem for Android, based on Android 12.
This followed more than a year of testing. The Android 13 beta update for WSA is now available for testing, making it compatible with all your other favorite phones. Due to the novelty of WSA, updates like this one come quickly and frequently.
Microsoft has quietly released Android 13 for the subsystem via the beta channel (via XDA Developers). In addition to the general upgrade to Android 13, the GitHub repository also describes some of the changes that users can anticipate:
Some of the old WSA problems, such as uneven global availability and a sparse selection of apps on the Amazon Appstore, persist even in this updated version.
Although the new beta will be available through the Microsoft Store, Insiders will need to sign up for the separate WSA Preview program using their Microsoft account and then wait for up to a week for the Amazon Appstore (distributed through the Microsoft Store) to be updated with the new features.
- Windows subsystem for Android updated to Android 13
- Added a new command that shuts down WSA for automation
- Improvements in boot performance (50%, P10 case)
- Improvements to mouse click input
- Improvements in clipboard stability
- Improvements to application resizing
- Upgraded to Intel bridge technology for Android 13
- Reliability improvements to media files opening in Windows
- Jumplist entries for applications supporting app shortcuts
The latest Android 13 beta requires you to be a Windows Insider on the stable WSA version or the WSA Preview. You can always go the alternative route and set up the newest WSA by sideloading if you’re a power user who isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty.
Microsoft has not announced the release date for the Android 13-based WSA on Windows 11 machines on the stable channel. We expect a broader release to occur in a few weeks, as beta testing has just begun.
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