Yesterday, we hinted that Microsoft is set to announce support for Android apps on Windows 10 for mobiles. Subsequently, it was officially was announced during the build event yesterday. If you were wondering how this will be made possible, you’re not left alone, I was bewildered too.
First, I thought it would be achieved through side-loading – synonymous with Blackberry 10 devices – but then, many issues will arise. Where will users get iOS apps for side-loading?
This would also have entailed having emulators for both iOS and Android apps. Then the Windows 10 phone would have been a total mumbo jumbo- jack of all trades and master of none.
Microsoft is achieving this by providing a development kit for directly converting Android and iOS apps to support Windows 10. This makes it easier for developers to port their apps for Windows phone support without having to build it from scratch.
A working example is the popular game Candy Crush Saga, which was converted from iOS code using Microsoft’s tools without many modifications. Smart move!! I must say.
It will be interesting to see how all these will play out. How will they separate the ported apps from native apps in the Windows store? Will developers be willing to port their apps? Your thoughts are welcomed.