With its “Project Latte”, Microsoft is working on integrating Android applications into the Windows 10 environment. If all goes as planned, this new feature could arrive as early as fall 2021.
While Apple has just launched its computers running ARM processors opening the possibility for iOS applications to run on MacBook and iMac, Microsoft is preparing a similar solution for Android applications under Windows 10. Of course, the architecture being identical, a software layer will be necessary, but it will avoid having to resort to emulation.
A launch in fall 2021
Microsoft is working on a solution that will allow Android app developers to run them on Windows 10 without changing a line of code ideally and post them in the Microsoft Store. According to internal sources, the project would be codenamed “Project Latte”. With this new feature, Windows would be closer to ChromeOS, the operating system of Chromebooks, and which already allows such operation. On PC, it is necessary for the moment to use emulators, with the performance problems that this generates.
To allow this “porting”, Microsoft would rely on the WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) layer and which already allows to run Linux software under a Windows environment. Android being also based on a Linux kernel, the core of the software can be reused, only the Android subsystem will have to be developed. VSit could turn Windows 10 into a semi-universal OS since it already supports PWA, UWP, Win32 and Linux, soon with graphical interface and hardware acceleration.
However, one major element risks tainting the success of such a project: the absence of the Google ecosystem. Indeed, by license, Google prohibits the use of Play services on platforms other than Android and Chrome OS devices. It is unlikely, but not impossible that a developer will decide to code a second Android version of their app without Google services so that they can submit it to the Microsoft Store. This could generate a problem of adoption of the solution, like Huawei, whose market share has shrunk in the West since the US government banned US companies from working with the Chinese giant, thus depriving smartphones of the brand of Google services and applications.
Source : Windows Central