Windows 10 could get support for Android apps

Joanna Estrada
November 26, 2020

According to a report from Windows Central, internal talks are ongoing over whether it would be possible to add an Android runtime to Windows 10, probably in time for a major revamp of Microsoft's operating system, expected in the Fall of 2021.

How exactly this is going to work isn't known at this point, but Microsoft reportedly wants to allow users to run Android apps nearly natively, so theoretically, you won't need another app to power the experience.

This isn't Microsoft's first attempt to merge two app ecosystems, as the company previously tried to bring Android apps to Windows 10 Mobile in an attempt to resolve the lack of options in the store.

"I don't know how far along this plan is or when it'll ship, but I'm told it may show up in the 2021 timeframe". Details on how the company is going to do that are not known at his moment, but we'll soon going to have an answer from Zac as he promises to share more when he can.

It's widely believed that the app gap killed the Windows Phone ecosystem and while Microsoft tried to address that with several clever solutions, including allowing developers to build Windows apps for phones by reusing their Android code, none worked in favor of the software giant. Windows 10X has been branded as Microsoft's "Chromebook killer" and if Android apps were a part of the offering, that moniker might well have been earned. The company already offers a mobile version of most of its apps for Android, and users of the Windows Your Phone app are able to run multiple apps from compatible smartphones on the desktop, but this service is now limited to Samsung users.

Would you like to have an easier way to use Android apps on Windows 10, and do you think bringing these apps on the Microsoft Store could make the OS more attractive?

The Your Phone app uses your Wi-Fi connection to stream the app in question to your PC, which is what enables you to use these apps on Windows 10.

"Whether you need to quickly reply to a conversation, respond to your social posts, or order food, you can do it fast using your PC's large screen, keyboard, mouse, pen and touch screen alongside your other PC apps", Microsoft said.

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