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Should Microsoft allow Android Apps on to Windows?

Sources say Redmond is putting the idea under serious consideration.

by Mark Hodgkinson Feb 13, 2014 at 11:22 AM


  • We all know that one of the major sticking points for Windows Mobile is the lack of native apps. But that could be about to change.
    According to ‘sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans,’ Redmond is reportedly giving serious consideration to allow Android apps to run on both Windows and Windows Mobile, says The Verge.

    Planning is, reportedly, only in its infancy but the idea apparently has strong support within the company and would see Android apps cropping up on the Windows and Windows Phone Stores.

    On the face of it, this looks like a strange and risky decision for the mobile platform, in particular.

    Whilst uptake of Windows Mobile devices is on the up – particularly in Central Europe – it still lags massively behind Android and Apple devices, in both sales numbers and available apps, and allowing Android apps on the likes of the Nokia Lumia range could potentially dilute its individuality and weaken further its market position.
    It could certainly spark a hardware surge but could kill of native app development

    Those in favour of the move would argue that it could give hardware sales a welcome boost but it would ‘de-incentivise’ an already largely apathetic group of app developers, meaning less and less applications would be developed specifically for the Windows platform.

    It’s a move that certainly didn’t pay off for Blackberry when they tried it but Microsoft, of course, has far more clout, not to mention resources, so it could certainly provide some relief, at least in the short term.
    Short-termism or a canny move?
    Naturally there will be some technological obstacles to overcome if it does come to pass but chipmaker, Intel, is believed to be pushing Microsoft in to allowing Android apps on to Windows, so they should at least have some assistance there.

    In any case, this is not something for the immediate future but it is undoubtedly an interesting development.

    Should Microsoft embrace Android or would they just be putting a nail in to the coffin of Windows mobile by doing so? We’re not sure, tell us what you think in the comments below…

    Source: The Verge

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