Microsoft could bring Android app compatibility to Windows Phone

2014 has definitely been a year of surprises for the mobile industry thus far. Some of them have been minor ways of tweaking how a company used to do business, like Nokia dropping number-based names for the Lumia Icon. Others have been more shocking, like news of Google offloading Motorola to Lenovo. Then there are those that just seemed positively unbelievable at first, yet we’ve slowly come around to accept them, like Nokia’s work towards an Android-based handset. We find ourselves faced with another such seemingly impossible rumor today; will it similarly come to pass? Sources claim that Microsoft is seriously considering the prospect of bringing Android app support to both Windows and Windows Phone.

Running Android apps on Windows is no sweat already, but it involves the use of third-party solutions like BlueStacks. Indeed, Microsoft may contract a company like that to provide Android compatibility, rather than crafting something from the ground up.

Reportedly, there’s still some disagreement within Microsoft as to the value of such a plan, with some contingents believing that Android apps could be the carrot that helps lure undecided shoppers to the company’s platforms, while others are far more pessimistic about what it could ultimately spell for the fate of Windows.

The details of how it would all work are still unclear (and presumably far from even being decided), but Microsoft might allow Android apps into its own app store, rather than providing an avenue to use the Play Store or even anything like Amazon.

Assuming this happens, we’d see Windows Phone join the ranks of platforms like BlackBerry 10; though to be fair, Android app support doesn’t exactly seem to have drawn scores of users over to that platform. Even if Microsoft goes ahead with this idea, don’t expect to see any progress until well into next year.

Source: The Verge

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