Android Apps not coming to Windows 10

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Android Apps not coming to Windows 10

Just over a  a year ago, there was a big 'HooHa' in the media that Microsoft might be bringing Android apps to Windows.  Just imagine that:  All your favorite Android apps avai ...

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Just over a  a year ago, there was a big ‘HooHa’ in the media that Microsoft might be bringing Android apps to Windows.  Just imagine that:  All your favorite Android apps available with your Windows apps on your PC.

I recently wanted to do exactly that: use an Android app that animates text for Facebook posts on my PC rather than mobile phone, where you have the convenience of a keyboard and mouse and can easily download photos from the internet to add animated text to (as wall as merging multiple small video snippets into a single video).  Doing all of this on a mobile phone is a bit slow and clumsy.

So I was curious to see if any progress had been made in terms of being able in terms of bringing most Android apps over to Windows.

To make a long story short, Microsoft’s dream of making it easy for developers to bring their existing mobile applications over from Android to Windows , didn’t end so well (this projects was called ‘Project Astoria’) and is officially dead.

The other ‘Bridging’ Projects to convert apps to Windows 10 Apps available in the Windows Store are:

  • IslandWood: For converting Apple (iOs) apps to Windows 10 Apps
  • Westminster: For converting websites to Windows 10 Apps
  • Centennial:  For converting old Windows desktop apps to Windows 10 Apps.  This also doesn’t seem to be doing well.

So it seems the only way I will be able to use an Android apps on Windows at the moment, is by using an Android emulator on Windows, but that’s a topic for another day.

Something worth mentioning however, is Microsoft’s acquisition of Xamarin, which is basically a way for Windows developers (familiar with Visual Studio, C#and the .NET platform) to develop cross platform applications with technologies they are already familiar with.  The important thing to note is that cross platform mobile apps developed with Xamarin are close in performance to native apps, which makes it an attractive alternative to cross platform development tools such as PhoneGap / Cordova (where developers use website front end development technology Javascript).  With a adoption of 10 % in mobile development market, including well known applications such as Slack being developed with Xamarin, this should be taken seriously.

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