Microsoft is working on a software solution named Project Latte that will allow users to run Android apps in Windows 10. Although this isn’t Microsoft’s first step attempt to run Android apps in Windows 10, back in 2015 Microsoft tried a similar thing in their Project Astoria but was eventually canceled in 2018. This project will allow Android developers to port their apps to the Microsoft platform with little to no code changes by packaging them as an MSIX. Microsoft is expected to announce/release the update later next year maybe the 2021 Fall Update.
Project Latte is likely powered by the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) which we have already seen in the previous Windows update, where it supported the hardware acceleration so that we can enable Linux GUI apps to run directly on Windows 10. Although we have seen Android apps running on Windows 10 machines via their ‘Your Phone’ app, but that was just a mirroring concept implemented via miracast. The failure of Project Astoria’s blame also goes to the failure of Microsoft’s Windows Phone lineup.
If Microsoft succeeds, the Windows app store should get several thousand more apps. However, the question of how the apps will look on Windows considering that the screen size of the typical computer is much bigger than that of the typical phone. The source also mentions that Project Latte can also not support Play Services as Google doesn’t allow Play Services to be installed on devices that aren’t powered by Android or Chrome OS. So, apps that need Play Services may need to remove that requirement for his or her Windows version.
Support for Android apps could give the apps section of the Microsoft Store a much-needed injection of content. There are many circumstances that will lead project’s success or failure, e.g., whether Google Play services or an alternate are going to be supported, how easy conversions are going to be, what percentage of developers will consider bringing their apps to Windows 10, and the way many Windows 10 users will give the shop an opportunity if Android apps become available. what percentage of Android applications are worth porting over, and the way many bring something unique to the operating system?