windows subsystem for android

Certain Android apps support picture-in-picture (PiP) mode. PiP is a special type of multi-window mode mostly used for video playback. It allows users to watch a video in a small window pinned to a corner of the screen while navigating between apps or browsing content on the main screen. You can resize the PiP window using pinch-to-zoom and can also change the location of the PiP window on the screen using drag and drop.

Yesterday, Microsoft released an update (2303.40000.3.0) for Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11 to all Windows Insider channels. Along with reliability and security improvements, this update also adds support for picture-in-picture (PiP).

With this update, if your Android app supports PiP, the same will be supported in Windows Subsystem for Android.

You can have your Android apps in windowed mode and enjoy Windows resize and snap features. This feature makes multitasking within Android apps even easier.

This update also added the new “Partially running” system setting under WSA Settings app, which runs the subsystem with minimal resources, but apps launch quicker than “As needed” mode.

Other changes included in this update:

  • Linux kernel updated to 5.15.78
  • Improvements to platform reliability
  • Android 13 security updates