As we’ve discussed here on Techaeris in the past, one of the downfalls of using a Windows phone device is the lack of apps, as well as the lack of quality apps. That could soon change as sources inside Microsoft claim to be working on getting Android apps on Windows 10 for phones running. The news comes way via Neowin:
So where does this project stand right now? We have heard from multiple sources from inside the company that they are aware of Android apps running on Windows 10 for phones. One source chimed in to say that the apps that can run on Windows 10 are broad in scope and not limited to a specific set of apps as previous rumors had suggested.
Some of the notable apps missing from the Windows ecosystem are Google’s own suite of apps including Gmail, YouTube, Google+, and others. While I for one would love to see the ability to use Android apps on a Windows phone, there are some obvious issues that come to light, the first being legality. You can bet that Google isn’t going to sit idly by and let Microsoft allow their entire ecosystem to run on a competing OS, mind you Blackberry did have some success allowing Android apps to run on Blackberry’s using the Amazon App Store.
Another interesting question that arises is that of development. Microsoft is touting Windows 10 as one operating system across all devices, and has introduced Universal Apps which are supposed to run on desktops, laptops, tablets, phones, and even the Xbox One eventually. By embracing and allowing users to run Android apps on a Windows 10 phone, Microsoft could inadvertently be shooting themselves in the foot as this could further discourage app development for Windows 10 devices.
Microsoft told Neowin that “they have nothing to share” at this point, so we’ll just have to wait and see if Microsoft eventually announces this as a feature they’ll be bringing to their platform.
What do you think about being able to run Android apps on your Windows 10 device? Is it something you’d take advantage of? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.[button link=”http://www.neowin.net/news/android-apps-and-windows-the-relationship-takes-a-step-forward” icon=”fa-external-link” side=”left” target=”blank” color=”285b5e” textcolor=”ffffff”]Source: Neowin[/button]
Last Updated on November 27, 2018.