Microsoft reportedly looking into bringing Android apps to Windows and Windows Phone

By Alexandra Burlacu | Feb 13, 2014 09:29 AM EST

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Microsoft is reportedly considering the possibility of letting Android apps work on its Windows and Windows Phone platforms, according to a new report.

Amid lots of rumors and speculations regarding Nokia breaking its chains with Microsoft and launching an Android phone, it now seems that Microsoft itself is looking into expanding its ecosystem by letting Android apps in.

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According to a new report from The Verge, citing sources familiar with Microsoft's plans, the company is "seriously" considering allowing Android apps to run on Windows and Windows Phone.

The publication notes that the idea of Android app support for Windows and Windows Phone is still in its early beginnings and internally some believe that simply allowing Android apps into the Windows and Windows Phone Store will do the trick. Others, meanwhile, believe that this move could signal the end of the Windows platform.

"Android is the mobile equivalent of Windows on desktop PCs - it's everywhere," reads the report. 

The Verge further highlights that app developers may be more inclined to build new apps for Apple's iOS platform, but Android has nonetheless shaped up to be a successful smartphone platform for applications. Microsoft, on the other hand, has yet to see a similar success with its Windows Phone platform.

As the report notes, new apps first make their debut on iOS, hit Android next, and only later make their way to other platforms such as Windows Phone or BlackBerry, that is when and if developers are willing to spend more time and money on expanding the availability of said apps. In this scenario, allowing Android apps on Windows and Windows Phone devices would serve as a "band-aid" for Microsoft.

The Verge also tackles the aforementioned Nokia Android device, dubbed Nokia Normandy or Nokia X, but suggests that Microsoft is not all that involved in the Finnish company's plans.

It's worth pointing out, however, that although the report makes some plausible points, nothing is confirmed at this stage. If it turns out to be true, the change will most likely be welcomed by Windows and Windows Phone users, especially considering that many popular apps in the Android ecosystem are yet to reach Microsoft's platforms. Nonetheless, it is highly advisable to take things with a hefty grain of salt until official confirmation. 



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