Windows 11 Android integration for improved high definition video streaming

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After Android 13, WSA now gets support for DRM-protected high-definition video streaming.

Windows 11 isn’t a great operating system for many customers, but it does have several cool features, and one of the key flagship features is support for Android apps. As you probably know, Windows 11 now supports Android apps through the Windows Subsystem for Android, a technology similar to WSL (Linux Subsystem).

If you’ve ever tried running Android apps on Windows 11, you probably remember BlueStacks, which remains one of the most popular and uncomplicated tools to run any mobile app or game on the desktop OS. However, BlueStack is more commonly used for gaming and does not offer a native experience.

With WSA, Microsoft has tried to make Android apps as native as possible on its operating system. You can use WSA to download and install apps and games developed for Android. This includes Netflix, Amazon Prime and other streaming platforms. Thanks to deep integration, Android apps behave like any other native Windows app.

Unfortunately, video streaming is currently limited in Windows 11’s WSA integration. For example, there are performance concerns and it is also not possible to play all DRM-protected content in the Android container.

Fortunately, Microsoft is investigating potential performance issues when streaming video over WSA. In addition, the company confirmed that it plans to also enable DRM-protected streaming support in the coming months.

“This is already something on our radar for new feature requests, we welcome the feedback here,” noted Microsoft engineer Hamza Usmani in a response to the Hardware DRM/Widevine L1 feature request post.

Unfortunately, we don’t know when the new features will go live to the general public.

Android 13 is now available for WSA

Android 13
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The Windows Subsystem for Android, also known as WSA, was recently updated with Android 13 support.

Since WSA remains one of Microsoft’s top priorities, it receives updates with many big changes. For example, Android 13 support has added a whole host of new features, such as: B. A new command line command that allows you to schedule shutdowns and boot performance improvements (up to 50% in some cases!).

Other Android 13 improvements include mouse click input, clipboard stability, app resizing, improved Intel Bridge technology, faster opening of media files, and more.

While WSA sounds more exciting than ever, it’s not available to everyone. Not all devices out there would meet the requirements to run Android apps on Windows 11. For example, computers must have 8GB RAM (16GB recommended) to run mobile apps, 8th gen Intel Core i3, Ryzen 3000, Snapdragon 8c or higher.

In addition, WSA also requires an SSD. First, go to the Microsoft Store and install the Amazon Appstore, a dedicated app store for Android apps on Windows 11.