Android vs. Windows vs. macOS

According to Apple Insider, over 34 million new malware samples have been discovered so far in 2022. ‘Data Atlas’ report reveals that by 2022, malware developers will create over 316,000 new threats malware every day. The team’s information is based on analysis of data from independent antivirus and security provider AV-Test GmbH. Windows system is the most vulnerable mobile system. However, Google’s Android system is more vulnerable than macOS system.

January saw the largest increase in new malware development, with 11.41 million new malware samples recorded in the first month of 2022. There were 8.93 million malware samples in February vs. 8.77 million in March. At the end of the first quarter of 2022, there were 29.11 million new malware threats. According to this count, at least 5.65 million new malware samples were discovered in April.

As for the distribution between platforms, Microsoft Windows had 25.48 million new malware samples in 2022. For Android system, new malware is only 536,000. This is quite unprecedented as we expected the number to be much higher. As for the macOS system, it had the least malware samples in 2022. The report claims that there were only around 2,000 new malware samples.

Despite the relative rarity of macOS malware, Apple still found the number of threats on the platform “unacceptable” compared to iOS. Vulnerabilities and exploits are not unheard of on iOS, but they are rarer than on macOS. The prevalence of malware on competing platforms such as Android and Windows has been central to Apple’s arguments against opening up its platforms. Apple has repeatedly maintained that opening up its system as The antitrust demand from the United States and the European Union could cause real harm to users’ privacy and security.

Microsoft Windows 11 Android Subsystem Update

Microsoft has updated the WSA (Android-based Windows Subsystem) on Win11 system (version 2204.40000.15.0). The system version has been updated to Android 12.1, which is Android 12L. Thanks to this, Android apps are now better integrated with Windows, and you can now see which apps are using your microphone. Users can also see information about private information such as location on the Windows taskbar.

Additionally, you can see alerts from Android apps (in Windows notifications). Additionally, Android apps now also support the advanced networking features of Windows 11. This allows them to connect to other smart devices on your local network (such as cameras or speakers).

Microsoft has made major adjustments to WSA settings in this release, combining similar settings and options into groups for a better experience. The company also adds a diagnostic data viewer to WSA with information about all data collected by the subsystem. It also disables the optional diagnostic data by default.

Also, with newer Insider Preview builds (OS Build 22621+), when your device comes out of sleep mode, the Android app will not restart but will pick up where you left off (probably referring to a boot at hot in the background).

In other respects, the new version also offers better hardware support, such as support for VP8 and VP9 decoding. The camera app has some improvements and even the input device has also caught Microsoft’s attention.

Full change log

  • Windows Subsystem for Android updated to Android 12.1
  • New versions of Windows x64 have advanced networking enabled by default
  • Updated Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app: Redesigned UX and Added Diagnostic Data Viewer
  • Simpleperf CPU profiler logging now works with Windows Subsystem for Android
  • Windows taskbar now shows Android apps that use microphone and location
  • Improved Android app notifications displayed as Windows notifications
  • Reduced flickering when the app resumes from a minimized state
  • In recent versions of Windows, the application does not restart when the device is brought out of connected sleep mode
  • New video hardware decoding (VP8 and VP9)
  • Fixed on-screen keyboard in app
  • Fix fullscreen Android apps and Windows taskbar auto-hide
  • Update Windows Subsystem for Android with Chromium WebView 100
  • Added support for Android NetworkLocationProvider in addition to GpsLocationProvider
  • Optimize system fluency, improve system stabilityperformance and reliability

Known issues

  • Camera instability on ARM devices
  • Printing via Android app is unstable
  • Some apps rendered at lower resolutions may not have the correct layout
  • Some VPNs may not work with premium networks. If you are using a VPN and find that the Android app has no internet connection, disable advanced networking in the Windows Subsystem app for Android settings.
  • Some previously available apps may be missing from the experience, not launching or working properly due to various known issues.

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Steven L. Nielsen