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Microsoft aims to bring Android apps to Windows 10

WASHINGTON, November 30, 2020

Microsoft is working on a software solution that would allow app developers to bring their Android apps to Windows 10 with little to no code changes by packaging them as an MSIX and allowing developers to submit them to the Microsoft Store.

The project is codenamed 'Latte' and it could show up as soon as next year, reported Windows Central, citing sources familiar with the matter.

Project Latte is likely powered by the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL.) Microsoft will need to provide its own Android subsystem for Android apps to actually run, however.

Microsoft has announced that WSL will soon get support for GUI Linux applications, as well as GPU acceleration which should aid the performance of apps running through WSL.

It's unlikely that Project Latte will include support for Play Services, as Google doesn't allow Play Services to be installed on anything other than native Android devices and Chrome OS. This means that apps which require Play Services APIs will need to be updated to remove those dependencies before they can be submitted on Windows 10, the Windows Central report said.

Currently, users can run Android apps on their PCs via app streaming using the 'Your Phone' app built into Windows 10, but this functionality has been limited to a handful of Samsung devices.

Project Latte will allow app developers to bring apps to Windows 10 that don't have a Windows version available. – TradeArabia News Service


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