2021 is shaping up to be a big year for Microsoft. As per reports, the tech giant is planning to bring Android support in Windows 10 next year.
While users can run Android apps on Windows thanks to emulators such as Genymotion and Bluestacks, cutting out the middle man is definitely a welcome step for many users.
There’s no word on when this might be expected. However, Microsoft has planned a minor update in the first half of the year. More likely than not, to prep up the framework for a major update in the second half.
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For now, we don’t even know whether Microsoft wants to implement this on ARM or Windows. The former makes more sense as the majority of Android Apps are made for ARM-based processors.
According to Windows Central, which first broke this news,
“I’m also told that Microsoft is toying with bringing Android apps to the Microsoft Store on Windows 10. I don’t know how far along this plan is or when it’ll ship, but I’m told it may show up in the 2021 timeframe. I’ll have more to share on this soon.”
At the same time, many apps like Youtube, Skype, and Facebook require Google Play Services support. It’s pertinent to speculate on whether Microsoft plans to provide this suit? macOS recently got support for iPhone & iPad apps.
Other competitor platforms like Blackberry 10 (and even Windows 10 Mobile previews) didn’t offer native Android compatibility. So Microsoft can gain a clear edge here – and an ideal counter to Apple.
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With that said, although the tech pioneer’s previous experiments like Windows Mobile, Windows RT, Windows Arm, and so on failed to materialize, this is one rumor we can certainly get behind. It offers the best of both worlds, i.e. flexibility without possessing a lot of hardware. This will also force Android developers to start focusing on adding support for larger screens.