Microsoft already offers support for Android applications at the Windows 11 level since the beginning of the year. Improvements are announced this week and this will be particularly interesting on the gaming side.
Microsoft announces that Windows Subsystem for Android build 2206.40000.15.0 is rolling out to Windows Insider members. This update brings some welcome additions to input for Android apps on PC. Specifically, there is compatibility for games with joysticks (mapped to ZQSD), games now support gamepads, and aiming and sliding in games can be controlled with the arrow keys. These additions are all welcome, especially the first two. The update also brings several other Android-related additions and tweaks, such as scrolling/networking/graphics improvements and new security updates.
It’s available to Windows Insider members first. Microsoft does not yet specify when everyone will be able to take advantage of it. In any case, it is worth remembering that support for Android applications on Windows 11 remains reserved for the United States for the moment. But don’t panic: Microsoft has already announced that France will be able to benefit from it by the end of the year, as will Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom.