Windows Subsystem for Android Preview gets Android 13, performance improvements, more

Without any publicity or even a post on the official Windows blog, Microsoft released a critical update to the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) in a preview program. The latest release upgrades the system to Android 13 with quality of life improvements such as better mouse input, better clipboard stability, and app resizing enhancements.

Recall that the Windows Subsystem for Android Preview is a dedicated Insider Program separate from the “flagship” Windows Insider Program. A user can sign up to receive his WSA updates early without having to install Windows 11 preview builds or risk running into critical bugs. Please refer to the official documentation on how to register for the Windows Subsystem for Android Preview program. Please note that it may take up to 7 days to start getting the initial update for testing.

Here’s what’s new in the Android 13 update for Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11 (via):

  • Windows Subsystem for Android updated to Android 13
  • Added new command to shutdown WSA for automation: wsaclient.exe /shutdown
  • Improved boot performance (50%, P10 case)
  • Improved mouse click input
  • Improved clipboard stability
  • Improved application resizing
  • Upgrade to Intel Bridge Technology for Android 13
  • Improved reliability of media files opened in Windows
  • Jumplist entries for applications that support app shortcuts

As always, Microsoft encourages our customers to use the Feedback Hub to share their feedback and ideas. Apps > Windows Subsystem for Android.

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