Even with all the upcoming changes in Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone still faces an uphill battle when it comes to the apps in their marketplace. Sure by now most big names are available in the store, but some are still in “beta” or unofficial; while others just are taking forever to come (Flipboard, Official Snapchat, non-beta instagram etc.). However according to theVerge Microsoft have begun seriously considering a way to get Android apps onto Windows Phones, without having the devices run Android (in contrast to previous rumors of trying to get devices to Dual boot both OSes).
Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the company is seriously considering allowing Android apps to run on both Windows and Windows Phone. While planning is ongoing and it’s still early, we’re told that some inside Microsoft favor the idea of simply enabling Android apps inside its Windows and Windows Phone Store…..
The company wants to enable Android apps on Windows and control the store that consumers download them from, but it’s unlikely that it will want to handle the complex job of supporting an additional platform. Instead, if such a plan goes ahead, it will likely involve a third-party “enabler.”
The real danger of getting Android apps on the WP platform (besides the compatibility layers, or ending up with a horrid UI like with BB10) is the fear that developers would see no reason to make apps specifically for WP anymore, leading to a stagnant and dying store. Also Microsoft have worked hard on laying down UI guidelines for all their apps, which lead to beautiful “metro” apps when done right, simply porting Android apps over would destroy all their hard work.
Either way Microsoft have some decisions to make, but until then we can enjoy the leaks and soon to be released Windows Phone 8.1. What are your thoughts on Android apps for WP? Is it worth the risk of losing Microsoft’s strict UI guidelines and hard work?
Read more at theVerge