Microsoft might allow Android apps on Windows & Windows Phone platform

Another sign of failure of Windows Phone platform by Microsoft! ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley’s sources reports that Microsoft is considering to support Android apps on both, Windows Phone and Windows platforms.

According to the report, the support for Android apps might be added in Windows 10. The Microsoft’s Developer Experience (DX) team has chalked out two plans:

Plan A includes getting apps on Windows and Windows Phone to Universal App model, allowing app developers to develop the app once and deploy on all Microsoft platforms. While this approach has already been publicised by Microsoft, and has managed to get developers to develop apps for the Windows Phone platform. Yet, many mainstream apps are missing from the Windows Phone developer app store. Indian startups have almost neglected the Windows Phone platform, there’s no Windows Phone app for Saavn, the online music streaming app.

The Plan B includes allowing support for Android apps. While this approach might close the app gap between Windows Phone App store and Google Play Store or iTunes App store, it also possess many issues. For one, since most might use the develop for one platform and deploy for everyone approach, the apps will be developed for Android platform, as it’s the most widely used platform. Hence the apps developed for Android might not go well with Microsoft’s Metro design (or whatever it is called these days)  directives and Microsoft will in turn lose some quality designed apps.

Ever since Microsoft launched its new OS for mobile, Windows Phone platform was deemed to be the third mobile ecosystem. However, with each passing day it seems like a distant reality, considering that the company is unable to attack developers to its platform.

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Shri Ganesh
January 5, 2015 7:42 pm 7:42 PM
Supporting Android is a double edged sword. If MS fails to attract developers to the Windows platform, adding support to Android apps can only accelerate the death of Windows as a mobile platform. At least now Windows store has around 200k apps. But if the Android apps are supported, the native apps will gradually reduce. Then one day people will feel why buy a Windows phone which runs android apps crappily if I can get an android phone which can run android apps natively and smoothly? That is the death of Windows phone as a mobile platform/eco-system. @Symbian OS rocked.… Read more »
January 6, 2015 8:17 am 8:17 AM

Does windows phone have folder messaging?. Then how can you say it is better than Symbian OS?.

January 6, 2015 11:13 am 11:13 AM

Folder messaging is dead, accept it. An OS is not a failure because it doesn’t have a feature which people even don’t know existed.

January 5, 2015 7:01 pm 7:01 PM
Such a biased article. No matter how small the windows ecosystem is, it is capable enough to beat any other OS out there. It is because of these developers who don’t make apps or either make apps and forget them forever, the windows platform is suffering. Microsoft should not allow the android apps to run on its system just because the developers aren’t willing to make one themselves. Look at google’s youtube app. Not everyone knows google isnt making a youtube app for windows nor allowing Microsoft to prepare one and hence the negative image for Windows. Instagram made an… Read more »
January 5, 2015 8:03 pm 8:03 PM

No OS can beat Symbian in terms of best battery backup, folder messaging and completely exiting the app (EXIT option).

January 5, 2015 5:27 pm 5:27 PM
Android saving Windows phone mostly lies in the hands of Microsoft and partly lies in the hands of google. They must forget the ego between them and make mobile phones do more innovative things for the users. A small request to Microsoft, please bring back the less battery charge consuming superhit SYMBIAN OS back and offer full support for it. The manufacturers are forcing the quad core phones to all the users which is of no use to the normal users. There is not even a single android phone that has 1 or 2 GB RAM with dual core processor… Read more »
January 5, 2015 5:39 pm 5:39 PM

check asus zenfone 5 man

January 5, 2015 6:30 pm 6:30 PM

Are you serious , Symbian killed Nokia and windows mobile will kill whats left

January 5, 2015 6:23 pm 6:23 PM

Asus Zenfone 5, good phone but nothing good.
1. Non-removable battery
If battery swells, you need to visit service center to remove it. You can’t do it yourself.
2. Intel dual core processor
Intel dual core processor enables hyperthreading which makes it perform like a quad core, but Intel processors are battery draining and heats up. Also since Intel processors uses x86 architecture instead of ARM architecture, many apps don’t work.
3. Connectivity issue
4. No folder messaging

January 5, 2015 8:01 pm 8:01 PM

What about folder messaging?. Tell me. I don’t want mobile phones without user replaceable batteries. I bash asus, some series of Nokia lumia, all xperia series of sony, ‘A’ series mobile phones from samsung in this regard.

Shri Ganesh
January 5, 2015 7:45 pm 7:45 PM

Zenfone 5 is VERY GOOD.
Connectivity issue can be fixed with firmware upgrade.
Non removable battery is not an issue at all. Almost all flagship phones these days come with Non removable battery only.
Intel’s CPU is performing on par with ARM CPUs. It doesn’t heat excessively.
Folder messaging is available via 3rd party apps.