A few days before the news, there were reports that Microsoft is considering allowing Windows 10 to support native running Android applications in 2021. Today, more details about this incident have been exposed, allowing us to better understand how it will work.
According to Windows Central, the project is called Latte internally, and the project will allow application developers to bring their Android applications to Windows 10 with almost no code modification . Developers will package and submit them as MSIX through the Microsoft Store. It is said that the project will be supported by Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). However, it is said that Microsoft will need to provide its own Android subsystem for Android applications to run.
Importantly, it is said that Project Latte lacks support for Google Play Services , so applications that require the Play Services API need to be updated before being submitted to run on Windows 10. However, without Play Services, the application may not work properly or function poorly (such as no push notifications). Unless Microsoft is implementing some kind of compatibility layer or emulation, the application will most likely need to be recompiled for x86.
Windows users can currently run Android apps on their PCs through the “Your Phone” app, but the service is currently limited to Samsung users. This is a good solution, but it provides users with native support and does not require a specific smart phone. It can provide users with a better experience and may promote the development of the Windows platform. The most important thing is that this will make Windows better compete with Google’s ChromeOS, which can run Android applications and Linux software packages.
Naijatechnews understands that Microsoft currently supports multiple application platforms, including PWA, UWP, Win32 and Linux. If Android applications are added, it is likely that Windows will truly become a universal operating system. Windows Central stated that Microsoft hopes to announce Project Latte next year and may include it as part of Windows 10 released in the fall of 2021.