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Wine 3.0 released, lets you run Windows apps on Android smartphones

Wine enables Linux, Mac, FreeBSD, Solaris, and now Android users to run Windows applications without a copy of Microsoft Windows.

  • Published: January 23, 2018 5:06 PM IST
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Wine 3.0, which is a compatibility layer for Linux-based systems has been released. The version brings the ability to run Windows apps on your Android device. Until now, Wine allows users to run Windows apps on Linux and other Unix-like OS.

Codeweavers, the company behind the app, announced the stable release of the Wine 3.0 for Android. It is the first version where users can install it as an app on their Android smartphone. With the ability extending to smartphones, you can run Windows 7 interface on a Google Pixel or OnePlus 5T. As Wine notes on its blog, this release represents a year of development effort and over 6,000 individual changes.

If you had been missing the Windows Phone interface or simply like your smartphone interface look like your office computer, you simply need to get the installer from Wine Download Server and download the stable build APK. Once you do so, you will get a full-screen Windows display, including a Start menu, and support for audio and basic graphics.

Wine 3.0 is said to work better with x86 Android devices than those powered by ARM processors. If you are using a device powered by ARM processor, you will not be able to enjoy the full stack of apps that were ported to Windows RT, The Next Web reports.

Irrespective of the processor type, you will be required to bring your own Windows programs to the device as there are no bundled programs with the APK. You can also connect a Bluetooth keyboard for a fancy text input. Software keyboards are not immediately recognized.

  • Published Date: January 23, 2018 5:06 PM IST