Windows 10 customers attending to run Android apps on their desktop is a rumor which broke earlier this week, and now we’re listening to additional details of how Microsoft’s purported plans could pan out.
Keep your salt shaker useful as ever with nuggets from the rumor mill, however Zac Bowden from Windows Central is likely one of the extra dependable Microsoft sources on the market, and he’s spilled much more data on how Project Latte – the obvious title for Microsoft’s nice Android app scheme – could work.
So sure, we now have a codename, ‘Latte’, and the concept is to supply Android apps through the Microsoft Store, with builders delivering them within the type of an MSIX (a sort of Windows app bundle).
That ought to facilitate Android software program coming throughout with little or no in the best way of code adjustments wanted – hopefully – which is clearly essential in relation to how many builders would possibly take some time, and Latte will seemingly be powered by Windows Subsystem for Linux underneath the hood.
There’s additionally the obvious prospect that every one this could come to fruition subsequent yr, so we would not be ready lengthy for Project Latte to be out there. In truth, there’s a chance it could go stay with the second main replace for Windows 10 in 2021 (with a reveal earlier within the yr, after all).
One of the sticking factors could be Google Play Services assist, which Bowden reckons is unlikely to be carried out with Project Latte, which means that some key apps won’t be delivered. Or in the event that they are, they might be stripped of any Play Services parts (working towards that easy and simple supply to the Microsoft Store purpose, with little work wanted, as talked about above – or doubtlessly inflicting different issues).
There are nonetheless quite a lot of query marks over what sort of Android apps would possibly make it throughout to Windows 10, then, and although this venture is outwardly underway at Microsoft now, clearly keep in mind that is only a rumor. And maybe extra to the purpose, it could simply be experimentation – Project Latte might not work out, and would possibly by no means see the sunshine of day on Windows 10.
Much the identical because the earlier effort, Project Astoria (or Windows Bridge for Android). That initiative aimed to do the identical factor some 5 years in the past, however ended up being canned (as the corporate switched its focus to common apps).
Right now, you’ll be able to stream Android apps to your Windows 10 desktop utilizing the Your Phone app, however that’s not fairly the identical as natively working them, after all, and the large stumbling block with that function is that it’s solely out there for sure Samsung smartphones.