According to Tom Warren over at The Verge, Windows Phones and computers could soon run Android apps. He says that Microsoft is “seriously considering” implementing support for Android apps to run on Windows and Windows Phone. Microsoft apparently sees the move as an opportunity to catch up to Android and iOS when it comes to app availability.
This is a move that is very similar to BlackBerry’s recent move of adding Android runtime to BB10 which allows BlackBerry devices to run Android apps. One thing we assume will be the same if Microsoft implements something like this is that it will lack Google Play Services which means it wouldn’t offer all of the same APIs as an actual Android device.
If Microsoft was to go through with adding Android app support into Windows Phone then Microsoft would definitely have to worry about Windows Phone developers just switching over to Android apps due to them being much easier to develop. But on the other hand it is a risk that Microsoft has to take as they are falling behind substantially when it comes to what apps are available on Windows Phone as opposed to Android and iOS.
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