Sunday, October 18, 2015

Android Apps no Longer running on Windows 10 Mobile

Whats New In Windows : Microsoft removes Android subsystem from latest build of Windows 10 Mobile

Despite all the advances of Windows 10 Mobile the feature which will likely do the most to increase availability of apps on the system is Project Astoria, which lets developers easily port their Android apps to Windows 10 Mobile, and which has also so far let users side-load Android apps to their handsets.

It seems however something has gone wrong with this important feature, as Microsoft has removed the subsystem in the latest 10549 Build of the OS. Interestingly the subsystem files are still present in the recently released emulator, which runs build 10563. However, keep in mind that Astoria may not be available in the next Windows 10 Mobile build either as Microsoft may not include the Android subsystem files on the next build, too.

WindowsBlogItalia, who first reported the news, claims the reason for the removal was due to the Android subsystem slowly degrading Windows 10 Mobile, which is oddly fitting given the long-term concerns Windows phone fans have about introducing Android apps to our OS.

Our sources tell us the removal is just temporary, but do our readers agree this is a bad omen for the whole Android on Windows Mobile idea? Let us know below.