Windows 11 Android integration for improved high resolution video streaming

Windows 11 Android Integration Video Streaming
Microsoft Store listing for WSA

After Android 13, WSA now supports high resolution DRM protected video streaming.

Windows 11 is not a great operating system for many customers, but it comes with several great features and one of the main standout features is Android app support. As you probably know, Windows 11 now supports Android apps through Windows Subsystem for Android, a technology similar to WSL (Linux Subsystem).

If you’ve ever tried to run Android apps on Windows 11, you probably remember BlueStacks, which continues to be one of the most favorite and easiest tools to run mobile apps or games on the system. office operating. However, BlueStack is more commonly used for gaming and does not provide a native-like experience.

With WSA, Microsoft has tried to make Android apps as native to its operating system as possible. You can use WSA to download and install applications and games designed 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 the WSA integration of Windows 11. For example, there are performance issues 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 through WSA. Additionally, the company has confirmed that it also plans to enable support for DRM-protected streaming in the coming months.

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

Unfortunately, we don’t know when the new features will go live for 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 support for Android 13.

As WSA remains a top priority for Microsoft, it receives updates with many important changes. For example, Android 13 support has added many new features, such as a new command line command that lets you schedule shutdown and improve startup performance (up to 50% in some cases !).

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

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

Additionally, WSA also requires an SSD. To get started, go to the Microsoft Store and install Amazon Appstore, which is an app store dedicated to Android apps on Windows 11.