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Microsoft reportedly puts Android app porting to Windows on hold

by Killian Bell | November 16, 2015November 16, 2015 5:13 am PDT

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Microsoft announced back in April that it was going to make it easy for Android and iOS app developers to port their apps to its new Windows 10 platform for smartphone. Now it appears the software giant may have given up on Android porting already.

According to a report from The Verge, Microsoft has “pulled back on dedicating employees to Android app porting, favoring the iOS route instead.” Meanwhile, Windows Central reports that the developer forums dedicated to Android app porting have gone quiet.

Microsoft has also pulled the Android subsystem, which made it possible to run Android apps on Windows, from its final version of Windows 10 Mobile in what could well be the final nail in the coffin — at least for the time being.

Microsoft is yet to confirm this, so it’s just speculation for now, but it certainly doesn’t look too promising. It’s thought the software giant has been battling performance issues and concerns with security and piracy with regards to Android apps, which could explain the decision.

However, in a statement to The Verge, Microsoft refused to confirm anything:

“We’re committed to offering developers many options to bring their apps to the Windows Platform, including bridges available now for Web and iOS, and soon Win32. The Astoria bridge is not ready yet, but other tools offer great options for developers. For example, the iOS bridge enables developers to write a native Windows Universal app which calls UWP APIs directly from Objective-C, and to mix and match UWP and iOS concepts such as XAML and UIKit. Developers can write apps that run on all Windows 10 devices and take advantage of native Windows features easily. We’re grateful to the feedback from the development community and look forward to supporting them as they develop apps for Windows 10.”

There’s no mention of Android there, which is disappointing news for Windows Mobile users. It means Android developers are less likely to want to port their apps to Windows, which could have helped the software ecosystem grow. Hopefully, plenty of iOS developers will be on board.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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