Windows 10 to run Android apps? Report suggests an announcement will be made as soon as today

Windows 10 to run Android apps? Report suggests an announcement will be made as soon as today
According to tech author Paul Thurrott, today's kickoff of the BUILD conference will include a very interesting announcement from the Redmond gang. The word is that Microsoft will announce that phones, tablets and PCs running Windows 10 will be able to run Android apps. Of course, this wouldn't be the first platform to use Android flavored apps as a lure to attract phone buyers. BlackBerry 10 handsets allow users to install Android apps. The latest build of the BlackBerry 10 OS (10.3.1) comes with the Amazon Appstore pre-installed. The latter contains apps developed for the Android OS.

Both Microsoft and BlackBerry are allowing Android apps to run on their respective platforms in order to attract phone buyers who are drawn to the larger selection of apps written for Google's open source OS. Many popular apps do not have versions for Windows Phone and BlackBerry. Some developers have said that they would not be able to recoup the cost of writing BlackBerry and Windows Phone versions of their apps.

At this point, it isn't clear whether Microsoft would build its own store containing Android apps, or rely on a third party store like BlackBerry does. Either way, Thurrott says that allowing Android apps to run on Windows Phone would be a "slap in the face" to developers who have spent years writing apps for Microsoft's mobile OS. 

Remember that this is just speculation and a trip to your spice rack for a grain of salt would be appropriate for this report.
 
source: Thurrott via BGR

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27 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

They are harming themselves even more. If this becomes real.

6. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

how so, its just the playstoe and nothing else android.

17. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2454; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Microsoft most likely wouldn't have the Play Store on their devices since it requires a certain amount of Google apps to be preloaded on the device (that's the main reason Blackberry doesn't use it on their devices). This would directly compete with Microsoft's own products such as Bing.

20. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Fine then some other android app store

23. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

It is true, not only Android apps but also iOS. This also means that that when certain iOS apps bot available for Android will be on WP because of universal code and when certain Android apps not on iOS will also be on WP. Windows is dipping in both iOS and Android app chest via universal apps. Funny thing is now Windows will have more than Android and iOS at some point. http://wmpoweruser.com/android-and-ios-apps-are-coming-to-windows-phone-with-windows-10/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WmPowerUser+%28WMPowerUser%29

32. iecompat

Posts: 4; Member since: May 04, 2015

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29. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Android is open source, but the Google Apps, which are as important as the OS, aren't. And I doubt that MS will ever be allowed to distribute the Play Store. Now, you could say: I don't care, I can create a store myself (like Amazon did), and do without the Google apps, assuming that WP users will favor MS services for email, storage, maps and so on. I just want GAMES and APPZ. Ok, BUT... a part of the Google APIs is not part of the Android OS, but it's distributed via Google Play Services. This means that there are important features (like google now or android wear support) that need proprietary Google apps that MS will never be allowed to install on their phones. So... no, you won't have the best of two worlds. Many android apps just won't work, and if, say, a Moto 360 works with any Android>4.3 this doesn't mean that it will work with an emulator on WP...

33. iecompat

Posts: 4; Member since: May 04, 2015

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34. iecompat

Posts: 4; Member since: May 04, 2015

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35. iecompat

Posts: 4; Member since: May 04, 2015

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15. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Welcome to the dark side of open source software.

2. A.Adel

Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

So they want android phones to run Win10 ( as an android user i really want to try ) and at the same time they want to run Android apps on WP its like Drinking the same thing in Different place but to WP it will be good them but i think thats will kill the OS it self in the future

3. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

sweet news smooth lag free windows with amazing treasure of android The Perfect Combo

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3157; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Tom Warren says otherwise. How about we wait until a formal announcement.

5. Mithan

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

IF true (probably not), this would be amazing.

8. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

If true I may go back to WP......The lack of apps that I needed was the reason I left an otherwise great platform in the first place.

9. j_scorp

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

Same here. I loved my Nokia 925 but needed some apps for work that WP didn't have such as salesforce etc... Not even a 3rd party app for it.

10. Streaks

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

I'd be a little more optimistic about the article if BGR hadn't picked it up. They've lost a lot of credibility in recent years.

12. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Why a "slap in the face".. if they write multiple apps then it will save them time. I see Android apps written to optimize Windows Phone Metro style. IN another words they can be Android Apps at core, and just skinned, that would be much easier. I hope they do it.

13. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Its probably true.. you can emulate Android Apps on Windows PCs right now, once they unify the system it will be easy to use Android Apps. This may actually end up hurting iOS more than Android. Also it may make Sony, etc.. start selling WPs versions of their Android phones.

19. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yeah, the emulators about work just fine, but would be cool with it buiid into windows 10, there are quite a few rather useful android apps about, course would be cool with ios as well, though that likely won't happen.

16. jazh23

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

It will be the only way to have Wifi Analyzer and MomentCam on my Lumia 830?

18. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

This is a smart move and the only hope for WP/MS. It's like every other platform/standard, no one is going to support them if they represent less than 20% of the market. This will greatly help adoption of windows phone and will also help android gain share against iOS. I consider it a win win. But I would like to see the Play Store app for WP before I would consider a handset. I invest in an open source platform with the expectation that everything I have purchased on Amazon or the play store etc will follow me regardless of the manufacturer of my handset.

22. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Even if sth like that happens it sure won't be a slap in the face of WP developers since it can't have the play store and Android apps are most likely not fully optimized. WP apps should run more smoothly.

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

PA you are slow....they already showed off both apple and android code running in a windows runtime. Nor have you shown win32, web, java, etc that windows universal app will consume.

28. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

So why should I buy a windows phone, then? They are just desperate.

31. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

The better question is that why would we buy android? Right now i have an xbox, and windows pc. I have had the pc for 7yrs now, and it will keep on kicking till i fry it. I have a z3 and 1520 (used to be 930). What does android offer me that i couldnt do on windows that would totally kill my daily experience? This includes, calls, video calls, sms, 9gag, 3d modeling, email, visual studios, gaming (not a mobile gamer, trivia crack is fun), and some more like netflix, music etc.

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