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Project Latte: Microsoft Plans to Bring Android Apps to Windows 10 By 2021

Project Latte: Microsoft Plans to Bring Android Apps to Windows 10 By 2021

At some point, all Windows users would have tried to use Android apps on Windows using various Android emulators. Be it BlueStacks, Nox Player, or some other emulator, compatibility has always been an issue. But now, Microsoft itself is bringing support for Android apps on Windows 10 through its project called Project Latte.

According to a report from WndowsCentral, the software giant is working on a software solution that would allow developers to bring their Android apps to Windows 10. That too, with little or no code changes. The app developers would need to package their apps as an MSIX and then submit them to the Microsoft Store. The reports suggest that the support for Android apps on Windows could come as soon as next year.

Microsoft Has Attempted This Before

Project Latte: Microsoft Plans to Bring Android Apps to Windows 10 By 2021
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We all know the fact that this is not the first time Microsoft has brought forth the idea to bring Android apps to Windows 10. The company toyed with this idea before in 2015 via a project codenamed Astoria. However, it was cancelled three years later in 2018. Now the company is making its second attempt in this matter through Project Latte to bring support for Android apps on Windows 10. As per the sources, the new project may be powered by the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). When this goes live, it will enable app developers to bring their Android apps to Windows 10 easily with little to no code changes.

Note that Project Latte will not include support for Play Services as Google allows Play Services only on the native Android devices and Chrome OS. This will limit various functions that require Play Services APIs and need to be updated before submitting on Windows Store. Microsoft would likely release the support for Android apps on Windows 10 as early as the next year through an update by the fall of 2021.

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