Microsoft's "Your Phone" app can display Android apps via remote desktop, but soon we might have native Android apps.
Enlarge / Microsoft’s “Your Telephone” app can show Android apps through distant desktop, however quickly we’d have native Android apps.

If the discharge of the Floor Duo wasn’t sufficient of an indication that Microsoft is cozying as much as Android extra, how about this? A report from Home windows Central claims that Microsoft is engaged on constructing Android app assist into Home windows 10.

The trouble is codenamed “Venture Latte,” and in accordance with the report, it could “permit app builders to convey their Android apps to Home windows 10 with little to no code modifications.” The Android-on-Home windows apps could be packaged as an MSIX file and could be distributed by the Home windows Retailer.

Quite a lot of the arduous work for that is already completed, because of the Home windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) that already ships in Home windows 10. WSL is a virtualized Linux kernel in Home windows, making it simple to run developer-centric Linux instruments by the Home windows command line. Microsoft can also be testing assist for Linux GUI apps in WSL, and GPU acceleration. Android, which runs the Linux kernel, is anticipated to plug into the WSL for app assist, so Microsoft primarily must implement a model of the Android Runtime (ART), which already runs on Linux, is open supply, and has x86 compatibility. Unofficially, it’s already doable to run Android apps on WSL with Anbox, a undertaking meant to run Android apps on full GNU/Linux.

Microsoft would not be the primary to construct Android app assist into another OS. Google does it in home with Chrome OS, permitting the corporate’s Internet-focused laptops to run all of your favourite cellphone apps. For also-ran OS builders, Android apps are sometimes seen as an answer to fixing the app hole. Blackberry tried to remain afloat within the OS wars by constructing Android assist into Blackberry 10, however it will definitely gave up and simply began producing actual Android units earlier than quitting the market. Samsung’s “Android-killer” Tizen OS has an “software compatibility layer” that runs Android apps on the Linux-based OS. Jolla’s Sailfish OS, an OS billed because the non secular successor to Nokia’s MeeGo OS, additionally helps Android apps.

Microsoft additionally thought this was a fantastic concept in 2015, when the now-canceled “Venture Astoria” was alleged to convey Android assist to Home windows 10 Cellular. The subsequent firm to take a swing at this ball will probably be Huawei, which, after the US’ export ban, needs to develop its personal “Concord OS” for smartphones with Android app assist (after operating them by a particular compiler).

The disadvantages of non-Google Android are well-known at this level. Android-on-Home windows will not have entry to the Play Retailer or Google Play Companies, which many apps rely on for issues like Google-issued sign-on, push notifications, maps APIs, and one million different issues. Home windows would principally depend as an Android fork. For apps written for the non-Google ecosystem, although, you’d be capable to simply run your favourite apps, assuming a browser model of them will not be extra preferable.

The report says Microsoft is “hoping to announce Venture Latte subsequent yr and will ship as a part of the autumn 2021 launch of Home windows 10.”


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