21 December 2020
Microsoft is rumored to be working on bringing Android apps to Windows devices. A new report from Windows Central claims that the development is going on internally with the project name Project Latte. It will be the first time we will see Windows getting official support for running Android apps that are currently used via third-party solutions.
The project will allow developers to publish their Android apps on Windows devices without making any major changes to the source code. It will specifically be beneficial for those devs who do not have a Windows version of their apps. These apps will be available for download via Microsoft Store, just like Windows apps and games.
It is said that Android apps on Windows will be powered by the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). The good news is that WSL is set to get GPU acceleration and GUI Linux applications support. It should be helpful in delivering better performance for apps when they will run natively on Windows devices.
An official announcement for Project Latte is expected to happen as soon as the next year. If everything goes as per plan, availability is expected to happen along with the fall 2021 Windows 10 update. In the meantime, you can enjoy Android apps on your Windows machine using any of the various available methods like the Your Phone app and Android emulators.
It should be noted that there are Android apps that rely on Google Play Services for functioning properly. It is unknown how such apps would work on Windows but we will keep an eye on new developments.