Microsoft is currently working on a Project codenamed ‘Latte’ a software solution which will allow app developers to bring their Android apps to Windows 10 with little or no code at all. All that will be needed to be done is a little packaging of the apps as an MSIX and allowing developers to submit them to the Microsoft Store.
For those that were aware, there was a similar attempt; named Astoria which failed. Project Latte is said to be likely powered by the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). However, for this to android apps to run as planned; Microsoft would need to provide its own Android Subsystem.
As announced by Microsoft, to aid the performance of apps running through WSL, WSL will soon get support for GUI Linux applications as well as GPU acceleration.
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. According to sources familiar with the matter, the project is codenamed 'Latte' and I'm told it could show up as soon as next year.
Google doesn’t allow Play Services to be installed on anything other than native Android devices and Chrome OS therefore Project Latte is not likely to support Play Services.
Although with app streaming Android apps can run on PC using a Phone app built into Windows 10, this functionality does not apply to all devices as it is only limited to a few Samsung devices and it isn’t always reliable. The good news about Project Latte is that being able to run Android apps locally on your PC will provide a much better experience and will be independent of whatever phone you use.
I believe everyone would be interested in seeing what kind of apps would be featured should Project Latte become a reality giving app developers the free hand to bring over their apps without having a Windows version considering the fact that Android Apps are primarily designed for phones and are not so desirable on devices with screens larger than the phone size.
This development was pre-empted since Microsoft made it clear that native Windows app are not considered as the all in all when it comes to app development. Over the years, Microsoft has welcomed app development on other platforms like PWA, UWP, Win32, Linux (via WSL) and soon Android apps.
Should this Project Latte succeed, which we have reasons to expect the big announcement next year; when it comes to app supports, Windows 10 will become near-universal OS.
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