Microsoft is likely to announce a feature that will let users run Android apps on Windows 10 phones, tablets and PCs. This new development comes from Paul Thurrot, a trusted Microsoft watcher, who says that the news is likely to be broken at Microsoft’s BUILD conference in San Francisco later tonight.
If this turns out to be true, Windows Phone users will be able to access many apps that were never released on the platform. The small app ecosystem is a huge drawback for Windows-based smartphones, and it might look to fix that by providing access to Android apps. However, it remains to be seen how this will affect the company’s Universal app strategy for Windows 10. Microsoft had announced Universal Windows apps to bring a new common Windows runtime to PCs, phones, and tablets at last year’s BUILD conference.
It is also not clear on how Microsoft plans to integrate this feature. Whether it will create its own app store for Android on Windows 10 or support other third-party Android stores like Amazon remains to be seen.
Thurrot is not particularly happy with this addition. He says that it is a slap on all developers faces who have put their faith in the Windows platform and have spent years developing apps for it. Additionally, he adds that letting Android apps encroach into the Windows platform will make it ‘even less important’.
Windows 10 is rumored to be rolled out commercially in July. The preview build for select smartphones has been released to those in the Insider Program.