Wine coming to Android allowing you to run Windows apps

Wine coming to Android allowing you to run Windows apps
Wine was originally developed to bring Windows applications to Linux boxes, but now it is growing to support ARM chips and of course Android. Alexandre Julliard, developer of Wine, has now shown his advances in bringing the abstraction layer for Windows on Android, and while it’s still in its early stages, it is functional.

Julliard gave a demo of Wine for Android, showing a Windows app run in Android environment, but the performance was described as ‘horrendously slow.’ We do have to note, though, that Android was not running natively, but was also simulated in the demo which should have slowed things further.

Takeaway and good news is work is being done on Wine for Android, and while it’s not yet there, sooner or later it is coming to Android.

source: Phoronix via Engadget


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49 Comments

3. SleepingOz unregistered

The beauty of Android!

36. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Correction: beauty of linux...it is perfectly working in my ubuntu desktop for a long time...same for other distributions too..

48. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

Yes. Wine has been available for a very long while now on the Linux desktop OS. It's about damn time they finally brought it over to Android. What took them so long?

54. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

May be porting x86 apps to arm architecture took more time...

6. funnyguy

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

Yes but I can already run android apps on my Windows pc..

9. jsdechavez

Posts: 784; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

And the trolls said Windows (Phone) had no appzz and gamezz...

11. Adithya7184 unregistered

WP has app and games, but but not much like android, WP store is just a kid compared to Google play....

28. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

having quality based 1000 apps in WP store is much better then having 100000 craps in the Android market....!!!

41. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Everything WP Store has, GPlay has as well, right ? I don't really know

42. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Lol, you obviously have not even the slightest clue on what you talk about. Windows phone store is abysmal compared to what you have on Android

39. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

It's about windows not wp..... just read the article before commenting...

13. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Wait, is this w8 app store apps or proper .exe programs?

14. Adithya7184 unregistered

i think its WP8....because, .exe type applications/programs are not supported on phones....i think so.....

27. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Well that would suck... even i, a wp fan cannot see many apps that i would like on my android tablet... but on the other side running .exe programs would KICK ASS :D

30. faisolbauuz

Posts: 121; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

wine was used to run windows desktop apps on linux So imthonk it will run natuve windows desktop apps there is app called winulator to run windows game such as caesar iii age of empires on android

22. fsnas

Posts: 122; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

i'm wondering, if it'll be able to run WP8 apps, does that mean they'll import Nokia apps like (nokia maps and drive ..etc)

25. faisolbauuz

Posts: 121; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

No wine only run windows desktop app there is an apps called winulator that makes your android phones run apps or games from win95/98 such as starcraft or caesar iii

38. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

WINDOWS not Windows Phone. ;)

40. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Well.....at first I thought it was about WP apps, I didnt really see the point since some apps are available on both Android and WP. I didnt think there was enough exclusive WP apps to be worth it. But if its about Windows apps....this might be huge.

43. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Just perfect the darn thing so, in about a year, Android could truly turn into a windows killer

45. gallison1983

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 19, 2012

Wine has been available on Linux for years and it has yet to turn Linux into a Windows killer. Wine is for the users that are so bound at the hip to legacy Microsoft applications that they cannot see how to do it in Linux. How about we all go learn how to use Linux as is and appreciate the freedom of true open source instead of devising a way to keep using proprietary apps and making muddy waters in Linux.

50. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Yes, of course, but here's the point: Android will reach well over billion user base this year. It has an established, versatile and robust "eco system". It's the world's most spread out OS already.

52. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Funny you say that. I tried it a few times some years ago. It was buggy enough that I just looked for the Linux alternatives to the Windows software. My problem would for for my kids. They use MS Office in school. Just to make things easier when doing homework I have to use Office.

44. gallison1983

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 19, 2012

Not sure why you would want Wine on Android. If Wine is retooling a Windows x86 application to operate on ARM then I would guess the performance is going to be horrendous all around. Application performance isn't exactly at 100% when using Wine on Linux, especially for newer applications. It's a case where Android may be able to do it, but probably shouldn't.

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