Could Windows Phone 9 support Android apps?

Could Windows Phone 9 support Android apps?
First off, we want to say that this rumor is somewhat absurd, and we would suggest taking it with a big grain of salt. There is new speculation going around that Microsoft may be working on adding support for Android apps to Windows Phone and Windows RT in the next big update, codenamed Threshold.

The idea comes from The Verge's senior editor Tom Warren, who tweeted that he thinks the "Nokia X is a long play that will become more clear once Windows Phone / RT gets Android apps." He then followed up by saying that Microsoft is working on bringing Android apps to Windows Phone, which mirrors a Verge report from February. The plan has been said to be very controversial within Microsoft, and we see good reason for that. 

Once you add Android apps to Windows Phone/RT, it begs the question: what value is there in choosing that device over a Google Android device? If the answer is Microsoft services, there isn't much need to have the underlying platform be Windows at all, and could just as easily be a forked version of Android, like the Nokia X line. Additionally, a move like this would severely undermine Microsoft's strategy to converge its platforms with the new universal app development platform. 

In the end, this may be something of a doomsday plan if Microsoft can't attract developers to its mobile platforms. It may need to break the vicious cycle of no apps means no users means no developers means no apps, and an influx of Android apps could be a last ditch effort to bring in users. Although, we would note that the same strategy has not worked for BlackBerry. 

source: @TomWarren via WMPU

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65 Comments

1. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Dafuq did I just read?

48. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Next news: Microsoft building Windows 9-ish UX out of Android OS. Oh dear.

64. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Oh god please No!! It will lag :'(

65. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Exactly!! Dafuq would we want malware apps. Lol

2. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Hope this is TRUE......

12. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I hope this is NOT TRUE, because Microsoft should stand with their own foot like Google.

23. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I agree.... With that.... Wp should stand by their own progress.

34. sgodsell

Posts: 7241; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Sales number don't lie. Q1 2014 WP only accounted for 2.7% of the smart phone sales. The WP platform will be 5 years old coming this February 2015. http://www.idc.com/prodserv/smartphone-os-market-share.jsp

40. robcar

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 18, 2011

Well, my issues have been that there is no interesting phones with WP before Nokia Lumia 930.. If more company's release good WP phones it should sell more i think.

52. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

You are ignorant , having a great product is simply only part of the story besides the OS is the fastest growing in the world and with it being free more and more OEM's are now supporting it . You don't seem to get that.

62. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

This can not be true because on of the reason MS is desperate to have WP on every gadget in this world is the ads! Now allowing those apps means that it will all be about google ads.

3. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

i hope not

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Hope YES....

41. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

More power to the user. So yes for me!

59. hurrycanger

Posts: 1760; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I must agree!

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

No. Android apps on WP would make the whole platform look like a mess. Windows Phones strongest point IMO is that modern, uniform look all around.

6. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Yeah, but this will boot Windows Phone as an OS.

14. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

You do realize an Android app can be made to look like the UI, right? You could have all Android apps on a WP right now, and if the dev did a good job you wouldnt even notice unless you dug deeper. Just the fact that the latest version of Android is a mix of flat and the old look says alot.

16. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Think about what you're saying... If that was the case then their would be no alleged talks of having current Android apps work on WP... Really, dude?

27. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Really dude....did you even read my post.... Take a launcher....that can be made to look and in some cases act like iOS or WP. Imagine that done to apps and not just a home screen replacement... Android apps are .apk...I dont know what WP apps are .exe? That would be a huge difference in itself. Its not so simple as just doing that now and calling it a day. Think about what you responded to.

30. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I just read....WP apps are .xap. For the hell of it.....iOS is .ipa ,BB is .bar Just changing the file extensions on a PC can cause problems or make things easier. Its not so easy as doing it now for Android apps and running them on WP as is.

31. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

That's not the idea here... It's the fact that MS is (supposedly) going to code W9 to be able to run Android apps... It doesn't matter how WP, Android, or iOS apps are coded now... In your mind do you think that it is possible for an OS, especially W8, to be able to run apps of different coding?... Not to far out an idea... .......... Now, getting access to to GP.. That's mind boggling at this point.

35. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I see what you are saying now... Yea that is a far fetched idea....but knowing MS if this is true they will go all in with a fork of Android and try to give Android as lil credit, exposure as possible. They have succeeded in a similar scenario with XP Mode on Vista, 7 OS's. Maybe with Android going away from Dalvik makes it more possible now? When I said: "You could have all Android apps on a WP right now" I meant that in terms of looks...not functionality. I agree tho....the more I read it now....this isnt happening unless they are totally giving up on WP.

38. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I agree.. It would just be in poor taste,, IMO... WP is getting better very fast, but the market share is only rising slowly... Nevertheless, it would seem like a move of desperation, and impatience, on MS's part...... ............ Then again, if it were MS's plan then it would be interesting to see how they plan to implement it.. Mainly because in terms of quality, and execution, in the last few years MS has shown to do a really good job of thinking things out... It takes them forever finally show it, but they're doing what needs to be done in the correct way... That's the only thing that really would make me excited if this were to be true.... .......... But, if MS doesn't improve marketing exponentially it won't make a difference... That's really the problem with WP... Horrible marketing.

45. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Not really desperation they currently make billions off android, so why not make billions more? Currently you code android apps in java, then convert. Hypothetically if you made the compiler spit out java to windows instead then any company can simply hit a button and bam. After all, the first billgates code in terms of business was just that, an emulator.

54. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I never said it would be hard....

47. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yup...WP and the Wii U.....horrible marketing is killing them both. Agree with these last 2 posts above me. I am a fan of Android, but I would like to see WP and BB stick around. No matter how much I diss them...lol. The iPhone can take a long dive off a cliff.....

7. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Why don't they just have Window phone runs custom Android OS then... -____-"

8. rsiders

Posts: 1935; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Maybe it will automatically modernize all those Android apps into Windows Phone styled ones. In one leap it would shut up the whole "no major apps" rant and keep the beautiful look of WP all in one. But that's just a dream... a very strange dream.lol

10. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I like strange dreams.

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