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Microsoft reportedly considering Android apps as a solution for Windows Phone

It's old news when we talk about Microsoft's problem with getting developers on-board with both Windows and Windows Phone. The company has had trouble having new content developed and released on its own operating systems alongside iOS and Android. It's no secret that Microsoft platforms are generally left in the dark — just take a look at Flappy Bird.

Now, according to The Verge, Redmond could be considering Android apps to solve its problems. We've previously looked at what Microsoft is actively doing to help alleviate their market growth issues, but there could always be more done to bring across more platform support. 

Sources familiar with Microsoft plans have shared details with The Verge, noting how the company is seriously considering the addition of Android apps on not only Windows Phone, but Windows too. There are — of course — mixed feelings on the potential plan, should it ever be put into action. Some believe it could help bolster the content available for consumers, while others see it as the end of the Windows platform.

There's also no denying the fact that Android is the mobile equivalent of Windows on personal computers, you only have to look at market share reports to see just how dominant Google is in the competitive industry. Things have improved for Windows Phone, which now has over 100,000 apps available for download and more being published on a daily basis, but could the addition of Android software act as a temporary solution?

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BlackBerry went down a similar path with Android

Should Microsoft enable Android apps on its platforms, this wouldn't be the first time we've seen such a move in the mobile space. BlackBerry allows consumers to enjoy Android content on its own hardware. Then we have Nokia rumoured to be building and looking to push low-end hardware running forked Android. The Verge has also learnt that Intel has been pushing Microsoft to allow both Android and Windows to run on PCs.

Which option Microsoft chooses to go with will need to be planned with extra care. Could you see a Windows ecosystem with Android apps thrown into the mix or is it better to avoid altogether?

Source: The Verge

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

684 Comments
  • If this is true, it creates a whole new meaning of word "desperate".
  • +100
     
  • They need to remember what became of OS/2 when it became "windows compatible"  no one developed for OS/2 anymore. or more recent history - look at Blackberry. If Windows runs Android apps, Android apps are all there will ever be.  
  • While agree if you look at it from this point of view it "might" make sense. If they have the apps more people will flap towards WP and developers might update the app to respond more metro using Java and make it exclusive to the WP store.
  • I am sure that would be the plan.  but history shows that plan never happens.
  • Devs could still develop for WP if Microsoft only allows Android apps that aren't economically viable in WP.  They could select the top 50 apps in each market that are imposible to port to WP because the small user base. As a second step MS could build a Metro API on top of the Android SDK, so developers could reuse most of their code but adapt the UI for each platform.
  • Good idea! I love the interface, miss some apps but I like better the one with WP interface
  • What windows need is a unified API for all the platforms, so that an app in window8 should run in wp8 with the minimal effort in the UI modification. Once you unify it may reduce the effort of the development team. Now look at the instagram app in wp8, it is so droidy, it don’t follow the elegance of the WP ecosystem. If Microsoft give a developer a good reason not to develop app which is in tune with the WP app concept, you can kiss good bye to it. There will be never app like 6 tags. We will be end up with the same boring interface .APKs
  • +920+2520 THIS!!! I love how you can buy an app for iPhone and it appears on your iPad immediately. It's brilliant. This is what should happen with WP and RT. W8 should be also so similar that it would be an option. Imaging having the same apps on all three. That would be true One Microsoft. Microsoft should work on getting WP and W8 Tabs to run the same apps, not WP and Android Tabs to run the same apps.
  • Like this? http://cnet.co/1hfC5YX
  • This looks interesting http://cnet.co/1hfC5YX
  • Truth is, this would make a lot of wp users leave wp and it wont make any andriod user move to wp. It wont make anyone switch to wp when they can have the better experience on andriod. This is a really silly idea and Im surprised it is even being debated within MS
  • Spot on!
  • +1 This . 
  • Agreed.
  • Yeah. Maybe it could be done in a limited fashion though. Like banking apps, etc, could get a special privilege on an app by app basis. But to generally allow Android apps on Windows is IMO a bad idea (and a bad sign).
  • Would you mind to elaborate? I mean, you have for many years been able to run different emulators for "Spectrum", "Commodore 64" and other gaming machines on a windows system ... Also you have been able to have several different OS that you could choose from at the start of (for instance) your windows 7 computer, such as "Windows XP," Linux ", etc. So what's the difference? Is there any difference? What is your view on that?
  • The difference is Spectrum, Commodore 64, etc. are all "obsolete" operating systems from ages ago, not a current competing OS that Microsoft is trying hard to get marketshare from.
  • ^TaRuth!
  • why would you leave? when the next big game that will not be on WP you will be able to run it. how is that so bad? plus you get what the android guys don't: a pure experience without any kind of OEM intervention and an OS that doesnt' need a task manager and quad core cpu to run decent.
  • Because you lose the pure experience. You have to run buggy android apps in a buggy emulator. It will be an even worse experience than android
  • ^^ this
  • This makes me question where my loyalty should be.
  • Exactly
  • Agreed! Oh, and Google is the Devil.
  • Google is Evil! The NSA might overstep their bounds but the goal is to protect citizens. Google's goal is to get rich off their users personal information and to them nothing is sacred.
  • @meddyrainzo - totally agree. In addition, an Android fanboy on WP Central said it is possible to download YouTube videos on Android and recommended the following app for his purpose; www.tubemate.net The sites header is:
    [CAUTION] There are so many infected fake TubeMates on 'Google Play' and internet.
    Please get TubeMate from the verified sites for your safety. So is this what WP fans want...... Android style apps "infected", as stated above, in the Google Play market? Don't want it myself thank you but maybe others do? One of the reasons for choosing WP is that its not Android, just purely on personal preference. And hoping this is another silly rumour.
  • Oh please enough with the "Android apps are so virused" BS, Never caught anything like this on my previous android device or on my bro's device, Well at least you better be more careful and stop downloading porno apps that use a lot of permissions.
  • I've never been murdered, nor have my friends - therefore no one ever gets murdered? Your anecdotal survey of 5 is not proof. Android has had tons of malware developed for it. Software you download sens your usage data goodness knows where. Think about it, Android does not have MDM baked into it! (Samsung add in their own after for example) iPhone and WP do not have this problem, as they are secure by default. Few people in my industry sector chose Android because of fragmentation and lack of security. Simple as that.
  • Nothing is "secure". Don't fool yourself. Look at windows desktop. And I too have never had this problem. Many, many, many people I know have never had this problem. I can't comment on windows phone because too few people have them. This is why windows phone is never under any attack. It would simply be a waste of time, money, and effort to do it. IOS has been under attack before. here is what I found after a simple Google search: http://www.ibtimes.com/apple-ios-app-store-gets-first-virus-learn-about-.... Nothing is ever secure.
  • They may be virus free but unlike WP it doesn't ensure security because you can get an apk from any site and install them without even checking whether it is safe or not.For example it happens that you download a paid game apk for free and when you install it it asks to install another app or fill a survey or something.But in WP every app you install can only be installed or downloaded through the store that is the xap(there is another possibilty of obtaining the xaps from elsewhere).So don't say that Android doesn't contain malware, it does.
  • Agree, as currently stated on BBC news for mobiles http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26136781
  • Do you go around downloading weird stuff on your PC? Cause the risks are the same.
  • Pc is a toally different thing!
  • It's the only argument Android people use to try and cover up the malware on Android phones. I don't PC anything but waste of time telling them this as they can not admit to the facts.
  • This is the best YouTube downloader for Android: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ytdownloader/
  • You can download YT Videos on WP8 using UC Browser which Rocks btw!
    UC Browser FTW!
  • Oh, I'm no fanboy as you proclaim, Im just not as jaded as you are. Android has it's problems and stregnths, just as every other OS does. There are some things that I do not agree with that Google does such as what they think of using expandable storage and many of what microsoft has done...let's just say only a fool would consider them to be ethical. I like to dabble in as many operating systems as i can as i have said many times that's why I pay attention to this site. Why else would I? I loved using windows mobile and still watch the progress of windows phone. I also said that there are more than one apps that can do this if you are so afraid of tubemate. I also posed how unsafe the windows desktop is as well, but people still use it. The more popular your platform is, the more unsafe it becomes as it is targeted more frequently. how hard is that to understand? Ubuntu linux doesn't have almost any viruses but does that mean it is more secure and better for business purposes than windows desktop? No, not necessarily. if Ubuntu had the same level of popularity as windows it would be just as unsafe. It is foolish to think otherwise especially in this day and age. However, I do agree that this would be a bad idea even though it sounds cool. As another example, I remember when I owned the Nokia N900 there was a similar problem with lack of applications to choose from. The answer back then was to use the apps from Web OS. It was definitely cool to be able to do that but then it never really took off and the rest is history. As someone else pointed out, history has shown how unfavourable these ideas turn out to be. So, for the growth of the platform, I too hope and think that this is just a silly rumor.
  • Why do you think that? I mean, you have for many years been able to run different emulators for "Spectrum", "Commodore 64" and other gaming machines on a windows system ... Also you have been able to have several different OS that you could choose from at the start of (for instance) your windows 7 computer, such as "Windows XP," Linux ", etc. So what's the difference? Is there any difference? What is your view on that?
  • The level of complexity involved in virtualizing a Commodore 64 is no where near the complexity involved in virtualizing Android to run under Windows.
     
  • This, in a nutshell
  • Hi, People have tried WP8 phone becos they like the hardware and have gone to Android because of lack of apps. This may bring some people back to WP8.
  • @meddyrainzo
    I completely agree with you,there is nothing wrong with windows phone,Microsoft needs to work better on how to get these things in everyone's hands..like they did with PC'S back in the day..and honestly I don't see how they have a small share in the market because I see people with windows phone all the time,honestly Microsoft should do what I said earlier..because that is a good shot at getting market share..and that's the only thing big devs wanna see,WP almost has all of the mainstream/multiplat apps that people look for as well. In my eyes it is all in the matter of catching the people's eyes,time for some good consumerism and less planned obsolescence
  • That's a pretty risky "might" you're throwing around there.
  • Tru
  • Definitely not. As a developer, I know that most businesses will see this as a reason to only develop an Android version (and the iOS version, of course). Unless there was a sudden and huge demand for the app on WP, they would be content with leaving it in that form, and never investing in the platform. For smaller developers, it also makes sense to push their Android version to WP users unless you actually see a large uptick in pickup. Particularly if the apps are written in Google's bastardization of Java, it would require a complete rewrite to run on WP. If the code is nicely written in C++ (well designed), then there is potentially a lot of reuse. I don't think this is true because it would require Microsoft to support a pretty large and very risky subsystem with an enormous number of APIs. Microsoft would also lose out on a lot of potential ad revenue as every single ad-driven app would be using Google's (or some other) ad system, which benefits Google from Microsoft's platform, which Microsoft has been keen to avoid. Plus, to be honest, Android currently has more APIs than WP has available to developers (some more useful; some not), which would give Android developers an advantage by not migrating to WP.
  • Java is a joke it is the cause of so many problems crashes viruses life has so moved on from java & the Nokia 3310 that is a reference to how outdated & old java is.
  • That's a horrible, but alas, likely outcome. I'm not getting scroogled. I really hate google with a passion. I'd move to sailfish, or the Firefox? OS, before using anything from google or crapple.
  • One of the touted abilities of Sailfish (Jolla) is its ability to run Android apps.
  • And WP doesn't exactly have anything where a native app would give a significantly better experience than and Android version (both OSs rely on Home and Back -buttons after all), unlike Sailfish. I really hope they aren't this stupid, the app -situation has already improved greatly and is still constantly improving, especially with games.
  • I'd move to Mars rather than use Google.
  • Yeah. I don't see how anyone with an IQ at Microsoft (not an IQ above a certain number, mind you, any IQ) would think that was a good idea. Do that and Android wins: no one will make Windows Phone apps anymore and all you're doing is selling hardware).
  • How could they sell hardware when they run the same apps as all others. People will just buy the cheapest they can get. Lumias will get no advantage. They have to be tough and put all their effort into WP and not try to cheat.
    This is just silly and terribly sad!
  • the problem is nobody is makign WP apps. Devs make apps for platforms with marketshare. And everytime you tell anybody about WP they will say it has no apps. If you tell them that they can run all the android apps, things start to change. They may not all get WP but at least it will be more than currently do. Sell more devices = attrack more devs towards your own native apps.
  • That doesn't work. Look at Blackberry. They tried the same thing with BB10, but still no one came to the platform and no devs made native apps.
  • But devs still do make native BB10 apps. BlackBerry had the app problem long before users could easily install Android apk's.
  • But, following that logic, the users were only attracted to WP for Android apps to begin with, so why would developers--like myself--feel the need to re-develop those apps that users are already okay with? Bringing new users to an ecosystem where your app already works will not give you a good reason to rewrite said app just because the ecosystem gets a bit more popular. In fact, it's probably the biggest reason to do nothing because it removes all risk.
  • Exactly I remember OS/2 and their Win 3.1 compatibility, I ended up spending all my time in win 3.1 what was the point of having OS/2. & If MS does do the running Android apps thing it will spell the end for WP IMO. I don't think they will do it, I think the option has probably been discussed internally and that's how the rumour got started. If they do go the Android route they might as well get out of the mobile market all together & not waste money and resources on a hybrid system that is doomed to fail. The only people that are happy with these hybrid systems are people who have buyers remorse, and are happy they are able to run the apps from the OS they regret not buying in the first place. These people will not stay with WP or BB when their contract is up but go straight to Android.
  • Then again, there might be those who like the overall feel of WP, the controlled environment, speed etc, that might go from Android to it if they know they can take their apps with them.
  • That the problem though. Without Google Play services there isn't an easy way of taking your app with you. The license for your app does not transfer to Windows store. Sideloading isn't something you advertise.
  • Correction "might"
  • If I could take my android apps to wp then I would get a wp. I hate apple. I love android and to be honest the windows phones looks awesome. But why should I go to wp when I can't take my paid android apps with me? Too many stores. But if android and windows could cross platform that would be nice. That's means android users could go get wp, and wp users could go to android. I mean if you spent 25-50 on a store how could you justify leaving it all behind?
  •   +10000000  
  • You're right! Do you remember the OS/2 slogan: "OS/2 is a better Windows than Windows"? Where's this "better Windows" now? MS, do not try to be "better Android than Android"! Instead bring WinPhone apps to Win 8 and WinRT!
  • TRU DAT!
  • I suspect this is part of a dis-information campaign to confuse those who might commit to develop for MSFT.  Google knows that developers are the key to platform adoptation, anything to confuse those in the developing world.  How many people will develop primarily for BB10 now that they run Android apps?  Who would develop for Android if they ran iOs apps?
  • Exactly.
  • developers don't care about an OS silly, they care about device numbers. If this causes WP to be adopted more widely and the app experience of native windows phones is better, devs will start making apps for it. this is meant for the developer that would like to be on WP but can't afford it until MSFT doesn't reach 20% marketshare. this could be a blessing for WP for it would make WP more attractive to the consumer
  • Why make two different apps when you can make one? One? Pun. Anyway, terrible idea
  • What you will see is developers who already have native apps on windows phones, pull their native apps, and replace it with the android app to streamline their process. So you'll end up with a degrading app store full of buggy/ugly android apps
  • Moiz Man your above comments hit the nail squarely on the head. I concur.
  • This is the unfortunate and all too likely outcome should MS go ahead with this plan. My next purchase won't be a WP device if they decide to kill the platform like this.
  • I'm one of mobile developers around the globe. And if WP did run Android apps, I think we (the company I work for) will consider to only create Android app that run well on WP, without any UI change since managing that is already cumbersome. Yes, our app will looks bad, but our resources is limited.
    The thing is, if devs is not considering WP apps in the first place, they won't making one if WP runs Android apps. Why would we need to maintain two app or two version of Android app if we can manage one for both platform?
  • This right here is why this idea is so damn terrible. I bought WP for Metro. The apps must have that Metro feel and feel like they belong on the platform otherwise I am not going to download or support those apps. Having a bunch of lackluster looking Android clones would kill WP. Users would complain vociferously.
  • This whole notion is fail, +1000
  • Exactly
  • Agreed
  • desperate is what google+ does to get user accounts by forcing you to use something you don't want. This is giving people apps they can't get otherwise and lets them cross out the app ecosystem as a weakness.
  • If that happens...im getting the Samsung Note 3 or 4 depending. Microsoft can SUCK IT.
    P.S. If that happens.
  • The ONLY scenario where this makes sense is if the only other option is completely dropping WP. Otherwise, this is by far the best way to immediately kill all WP development. God I wish Android didn't exist.
  • Don't... Android is a major contributor of today's OS technology. And I think Nokia and Microsoft did get their ass kicked for getting lax around 4-6 years ago... Now they're and should be getting serious in fighting (and that's not to do this suck plan that means surrendering)
  • Exactly. This is why I left to android and a couple other platforms.  Sometimes I wonder if these guys remember touchflo 3d, SPB mobile shell, and many other resource intensive overlays that were put on winmo.
  • First a dual boot WP then android apps. Hmmmm
    Confusing
  • Take my like!
  • +1020
  • Why Android? Why?
  • Agreed!
  • I think if they really want to allow android apps,they should only allow games not the other apps..lot of people i know are holding windowsphone because they don't have alot of games in windows phone atleast teenagers are looking for games. So if they want to allow it should be for games only.
  • +930
  • Wow.wish this comes true someday :P microsoft seems to raise expectations and then bring them crashinnnng down :-/
  • +1
  • I don't! Devs will stop developing Windows Phone apps and just develops Android apps
  • Exactly!
  • Ur right.....
  • Chef
    +billions
  • I think he talk sarcasm for the first part.
  • For me, just please update the major apps and I'll be good. The Twitter app on my iPod Touch feels so much sleeker and sexier than the one on my Lumia 920. 
  • You got your Google in my Windows!  This will make me go to Apple.  I can't deal with my information being taken by the most nefarious of nefarious organizations.
  • Coming from iPhone to Windows Phone, I will go Apple too, I will of course see how Microsoft plan to implement this, but I fear it will lead to less Windows Phone specific apps, which I don't want. I'm fine with the apps in the store now.
  • +920 I love all the metro style apps.
  • You wont go alone, that's for sure. Besides, the biggest problem I have with iPhone is the small screen and that is about to change.
  • Or you could just not install any Android apps...
  • The problem isn't whether or not we would install them. The issue is what will developers do. The likely outcome would be developers not bothering to port their apps to a more WP friendly design when they can just let people use their Android app. That would be the death of the Windows and WP app stores.
  • I agree that that is an issue, a likely outcome and a concern. What I was responding to was the statement that Android apps on WP would result in your "information being taken by the most nefarious of nefarious organizations." Android apps being available on WP would not result in Google suddenly having access to your personal information.
  • I detest Google for just being a set of scruffy admen that give away free software. I also don't understand the lust for the most number of apps. I suspect that, in reality, there may be a maximum of 30 apps that MS needs, that it may not have. Also, some of our top apps could do with some improvement to bring them up to par. Always quite surprised that a company like MS cannot rustle together some decent developers from in house or the community to assist companies to develop apps. That South African chap with the Llama game is the type we need on board. I would hate to see MS allow Android apps.
  • Google is worse than Microsoft and Apple? You must really love Kool Aid. They are all the same, they all have the same business practices.
  • I agree, they a are all corporations. They make Microsoft out to be saints. Do they not remember what Microsoft did when it wielded a monopoly?
  • I would consider converting to an iSheep as well.
  • Vote against even if it may be just a rumor
    http://windowsphone.uservoice.com/forums/101801-feature-suggestions/sugg...
  • Indeed. If this does happen I will go back to Apple as well.
  • is it april 1st already? i left android for windowsphone and dont want to go back. i realize it would be optional (at least i hope), but c'mon microsoft...
  • I don't want to go back either, but this is just for apps, not the clunky OS. For games this would be ideal, run most Android games under a VM on our phones/tablets. It's not like games tie in to the operating system in any way so as long as performance is ok then this could solve the app problem overnight. It didn't work great for Blackberry for some apps that tie in the OS and initially perfformance sucked, but allegedly with later Dalvik installs they improved that greatly. If MS can get it running well, then why not. If you are a developer and have to do nothing to port your game to WP, just submit it to the store, then why not do it?
  • i understand your logic, but google doesnt want to play nice with anyone let alone microsoft. so i dont see a scenario where windowsphone users wont be subject to google's crappy policies
  • The biggest problem I see is there being even less native apps for WP...why dev for WP at all when the android version works?
  • Google doesn't own Android. Amazon runs Android without Google being involved at all.
  • try reading this and show us where amazon owns android or even develops or maintains it... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system)
  • Try reading my comment and see where I said that Amazon owns Android. What I meant by "Amazon runs Android" is that Amazon devices (such as the Kindle) run a version of Android that doesn't involve Google at all. My point was that you can have an Android device without using Google apps.
  • i agree amazon has a forked version of android, but google owns android and has since purchasing Android Inc. 9 years ago
  • Yes, I stand corrected there. 
  • It doesn't matter that Google own Android. MS would just need to have a VM within Windows that let Android apps run. They might use code that Google have written for Android, but that's all open-source and nothing would ever go back to Google. It's the perfect way of sticking two fingers up at Google. Get apps initially written for Android running on Windows using bits of Google's own code.
  • Are you sure? There are a lots of apps that using Google specific APIs. Not Android API, but Google API. And all of them are closed source (a.k.a proprietary). Heck, even the Kindle OS which forked version of Android still can't run all Android apps for this reason. And to circumvent this, Microsoft will need to build API that resembles Google API so these apps that relying these API runs fine. Which means, less and less time to develop WP itself. That would be sucks big time.
  • I would image trying to run  a vm would require lots of processing power, which could theoretically introduce android like lag into a rather fluid windowsphone enviornment
  • Thing is this has nothing to do with Google. It's just apps built to run on Android. So basically apps that run on a specific Linux distribution; Google isn't in the picture. If MS do this it'd be a big FU to Google. Taking apps built for Android and running them on Windows, sweet irony. It doesn't give Google any control whatsover of your phone, it just lets developers submit their Linux app to the Windows Store where it can be installed as per normal and will run in a Dalvik VM. Same as Amazon with their Kindle HD and same as Blackberry - nothing goes to Google; it's win-win.*   * - Except it'd mean some developers won't port their apps, be satisfied with the Android version which won't be optimised for Windows APIs.
  • And Microsoft does? Microsoft used to crush companies you know. They even blatantly stole stuff. They are all corporations, being nice is not how these businesses survive and attain success.
  • Exactly...Bye, Bye Windows Phone specific apps...no thanks
  • Nope WP will win....Microsoft and And Android making 2 OS for PC n PHONES soon. Like I said tha thing that WP needs is more APPS that's it
  • Nope!!
  • Seconded!
  • I certainly hope not..
  • ah, no thanks!
  • Hell no ....The store is fine . There is no  Lack of apps now   this will be humiliating if it happens
  • there is still a lack of apps, but this will only make matters worse
  • How does adding more apps make it worse?
  • Because that more apps IS Android apps. Not WP optimized apps. And if this happens, most likely is developers won't makes WP apps ever again. Why would we need to makes two apps if just one is already ran on two platforms (albeit not optimized for WP)? And believe me, currently, there are Android apps that not even optimized for Android (devs lazy-ness). If they don't even care with Android optimization, I don't think they will care about WP optimization.
  • I already run android apps on my Surface, its hardly a new idea, and it does mean you can use apps that windows doesn't have.
  • How u do that day. U (ROOT) it
  • Just download Bluestacks, that's all.
  • RT or Pro ?
  • Pro, so any pc can use it
  • I see, thanks, I appreciate it.
  • Microsoft will be Scroogled and Stephen Elop will leave Microsoft and I will finally consider getting an Android phone :)
  • this is exactly what needs to be done. the only thing you have to look at is the quality and functionality of apps. In android the functionality and quality of apps is higher while on windows phone the apps offers only the basics of apps while lacking premium features of apps.
  • This is exactly what should NOT be done. It'll kill the WP app ecosystem completely. The reason that some WP apps lack in quality and functionality is lazy and/or biased developers. For quality, feature rich apps look at rudy's works.  
  • ^This
  • Yeah, if they want to decrease app gap then give devs freedom to use all the tools that can be given.
  • Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!
  • That's Tru, BC they don't kno how Tu read tha codes. It's easy Tu make APPS on Android n IPhone
  • Yea, that's all we need, a bunch of Android apps with no Live Tile\Lockscreen functionality or Modern UI...might as well dump WP and just use Android.
  • Naw keep tha live TILES.....it won't be WP with out live tiles. Stop crazy stuff dude
  • I'm surprised you didn't get the sarcasm
  • I personally would love to have the option to run the niche Android apps I want that are not available on WP.  I like the idea of WP's metro style and fluidity, but I haven't yet purchased a WP because apps that I want are not available. Some of the developers of those apps have stated that they have no plans to develop for WP. I'd prefere native WP apps on WP, but given that I don't foresee the WP app library reaching the size of Android or iOS library, it would be lovely to be able to fill in the gaps with Android apps. Would that mean devs would stop making WP apps? Maybe, but they'll go where the money is to be made the most efficiently. If Microsoft can bring WP up to par with Android and iOS so that more consumers want to buy WP devices, there will be a market for WP apps. I'm all for competition and an end to walled gardens. The bottom line is that MS needs to improve WP so that it outsells Android.  They've shown that WP can work nicely on an inexpensive device, like the 521. If a phone priced like the 521 could run Android apps smoothly, it would sell enormously. If they do change WP to run Android apps, they need to be sure that they do it right and that the Android apps run smoothly.
  • Yup..... WP App run smoothly n look better when Android n IPhone
  • You're a fool if you think apps will save Windows Phone. Just look at who's commenting. Most of us would go to Apple instantly in this case. Its not Apps that keep us here, its being Not Google but more open than Apple. If you open it to Android, you kill what makes Windows unique and we bail to Apple. End of story.
  • Which is ignorance. Allowing apps (and it'll mostly be games, if it's anything at all) to run on WP means letting these Linux based apps run on WP through a Dalvik emulator. It's nothing to do with Google. If anything it's an even bigger FU to Google. "Ha look at me running apps written initially for Android and now running on WP". Close down the app/game and you are still in nice looking WP.   Anyway, WP doesn't need saved it's already doing well. This would just give more options for some apps and games that haven't been ported yet. I don't get all the negativety.
  • What's not to get? MS is a software company first and foremost and it's very important to them that developers coded WP specific apps with the tools provided by MS. That's even more important now, seeing that WP and windows are starting to merge. As it's been mentioned, allowing android apps will be the death sentence for WP apps, because the majority of developers would simply stop coding for WP and those who haven't started, never will.
  • And I'm guessing that would lose the WP Metro uniqueness that we all seem to love?
  • You're the one that showing ignorance. There are a lots of apps that use Google API. Yes, Google API, not Android API. And that one is not open source. It's Google proprietary API. It won't run on WP if you only slap dalvik on it. Kindle's OS is the example. It IS Android fork. Yet it won't run Android apps that use Google API except for some small number of APIs that re-implemented by Amazon. So you also need to implement all of those Google API to make all apps run on WP. And by the time you doing that, WP development will be stalled since more and more resource will be needed to implement these API. And don't forget about legal issues too.
  • Nope I'm not ending tha story, BC u kno it's tru if they get those APPS u kno tha WP is going Tu win. Now end tha story
  • Personally, I don't see the need...  I find I have everything I need on my phone now.  I think they should continue to just pursue the developers to get the apps that people really want moved over.  There are so many garbage apps and apps that are just webpages in an app.  I don't need more of them. The # of apps is just a marketing gimmick.  They just have to find a counter ad to it.  Or put out some good incentives to get developers to move their apps over.
  • I do as well, but there's people who don't come to WP cos there's some esoteric app or popular game that isn't on WP yet. I don't see the harm in having the option. But of course a native app coded for WP would be preferable.
  • Problem is, many would just code Android apps and say that's good enough for WP users as they can access them  Less dev time, more money.  Bad for WP platform development forever most likely.  I hope this isn't accurate news.
  • Sure there's that risk, but I think it's worth the payoff. It will give apps and games that may never have been ported. And once devs do this and they see adoption of their apps and possibly some poor reviews because their apps are running in a VM, a little slow and/or not using native APIs and functions, looking like WP apps they'll realise it's worth porting. So it's ugly, it's a stop-gap, but it might actually be useful. I also like how it sticks two fingers up at Google.
  • The problem is, previous example of these practices (make the OS run other OS that more popular) always kill (or nearly kill) the OS itself. And we surely don't want that happens to WP, do we?
  • Tu me RUDY is tha one tha best developers out there all his he was a BANGER!
  • So the answer to WP success is "ugly, stop-gap apps running a little slow with bad reviews" Really.....
  • Strange how I heard this on Crackberry before WPC. Also, Rich, wtf are you getting your info? Microsoft said there were over 200,000 apps in the store. I tipped you guys on this.
  • I saw that too.  Maybe he meant the Windows Store.
  • Maybe, but even then there's 150,000. I don't see why Rich would put such a negative spin on the amount of apps in the store. It hasn't been 100,000 for a very long time.
  • I think there was even an article when the wp store crossed 200.000 apps. Also, 150.000 for windows 8 in about an year or so is not bad.
  • Actually, compare Windows 8 metro apps with apps for Google chrome or mac os X. I don't know if they even have a dedicated store for it.
  • Exactly.
  • I wouldn't be surprised to see this happen as a stop-gap until Windows 8 itself picks up more market share.  Also, I thought there were over 200,000 apps in the Windows Phone store?
  • What u mean u thought...its bloody more than 200000 apps n i see lot pouring in daily..who the fk writes such nonsense article n why the bloody hell im reading it..waste of time..
  • Real bad idea! Why would a developer or a company pay for the creation of a Windows Phone native app when they already made an Android app? Using BlackBerry's example is wrong given they have no official apps for Facebook, Twitter and others so you're only choice is either to use their crappy versions, use the Webapps or sideload Android apps (which doesn't always work). I'm really not liking this idea. Not one bit. Windows Phone is supposed to be unique. Not an OS on which we can run another OS' apps. What would be the point of having a Windows Phone then? People might as well just get an Android phone!
  • Blackberry has "official" Facebok and Twitter Apps...
  • Yes but not made by Facebook and Twitter but rather by BlackBerry. Which is what I was referring to when I said "use their crappy versions" because, if the Twitter app on the phone is the same than on the PlayBook it's just the Webapp and their Facebook app is ridiculously subpar.
  • dude twitter app is made by twitter.inc and about facebook.A facebook team is closely working with Blackberry hence publshed under blackberry limited.
  • Then the Twitter app on the phone is not the same as on the PlayBook. But anyhow my point remains, why would a company create a Windows Phone app if they already have an Android app?
  • Agree with you  if microsoft goes with this It wll kill developer initiative.Now who would waste time and resource if you can get the job done with one app.Also the rivalry between Google and Microsoft ,Its hard to say if Microsoft will go with this as it will be showing how weak WP is compared to android
  • Or worst, and maybe it's me being too cynical about Google, but if Google adds a new functionnality in the Android SDK that could keep an app from being used on Windows Phone (a bit like Microsoft did with docx to stop people from opening Word documents in OpenOffice for example).
  • Of course its not the same as on the Playbook. Different OS and Playbook is basically not supported anymore. As a Playbook owner myself, it was barely supported to begin with... Microsoft publishes some of the major Apps, as well. Same as Nokia. Major companies don't always create their own Apps, they work with teams to have them made.
  • And that's fine. The Facebook app on Windows Phone is good and it's not made by Facebook. But that wasn't my point. The point I was trying to convey with my examples is that, if there's an Android version of an app, it's likely we'll either be stuck with that version of the app or get a version made by the phone's OS company. It's not always bad but sometimes it is.
  • Yeah, I agree. As with Blackberry, this will accomplish nothing but get poor experiences with Apps we otherwise couldn't get. For every company that says, "wow, our Android App is popular on BB, lets make a native version" twice as many say, "well now you have a working App, that's all you're getting from us now". I'm not really sure how I feel about this. There are alot of Android Apps that could benefit this and yet I fear it could push some companies to not make native Apps. Hopefully its implemented better than BB, although it seems to be getting alot better now. It seems like Microsoft is better at getting the bigger Apps to us than BB and I hope that doesn't change.
  • Yep, I completely agree.
  • They bring back tha old FB for WP n tweak it up a little
  • Yeah I preferred the old version too. The layout was unique.
  • What apps are we missing that are making Microsoft do this 'Blackberry 10 desperate' move? it's really just the google application that are missing
  • +620
  • Many.   if you are not missing enough apps , most probably you already own an iPad besides your phone.   This whole WP apps argument goes back into Mac Vs PC.Everytime , Mac users use this excuse and now Ironically , seeing this with Microsoft users as well :P   Mac lacked so many like CAD for example or Games etc.
  • I don't have any Apple or Android devices in my house. I can assure you that there are not many apps that I am missing. The app that I want now is Facebook Paper and maybe BBM. But I really couldn't care less if they never appear on WP. Because I don't feel like I'm missing anything. They just seem like cool apps that I would like to use.
  • +1
  • APPLE is overrated
  • Most of the Apps are ones that serve a particular purpose. For me, I miss Square (Mobile Payments), BECU (Banking), Fancorps (Social Networking), HootSuite (Social Networking) and Microsoft's own Remote Desktop Apps. I can get around most of these with work arounds, but the fact that there are no decent mobile payment solutions and social network posting options for WP is a bit maddening. That said, I am still 100% committed to WP, I am just forced to keep my acient Toshiba Thrive around for a few mobile Apps that I wouldn't need otherwise. Of course, it's becoming less and less needed as I installed BlueStacks on my netbook and can do about 90% of what I need to with it now.  
  • Apps I would like that aren't on WP: 1. My local bank's app (deposit checks, check balances, etc.) 2. WatchESPN (coming soon to Windows 8, but not yet to WP) 3. BridgeBaron (there isn't a single bridge card game app for WP) 4. ViewRanger (off-trail GPS mapping program that is dramatically better than the alternatives for WP.) 5. Music player apps that are more feature-rich that X-box music. 6. Genealogy apps. There is a decent tree viewer for WP, but it only allows for viewing your family tree. On Android, there are apps that sync data with your desktop computer's genealogy software for bi-directional data entry. On top of those, every new app debuts on Android and/or iOS. WP seems to be a year behind the other platforms in receiving an app, if the developers bother with WP at all. As others have said, apps on the other platforms typically offer more features than the WP apps. I suppose all users have their niche apps (like bridge and genealogy for me) they would like from the other platforms, even if the basic apps are covered already in the WP store.
  • No, just no
  • NO!
  • Why whould anyone need to develop fuer windows than? everyone will just develop for android to match both and the experience will be simply shit!. already hat ported apps
  • Dude shut up
  • Why would he need to shut up? Why don't you the one who shut up? Why don't all of us shut up? He has his opinions. He has his right to sound his opinions in good maner (which he did). If you don't like it, just don't read it (-_-)a
  • The moment this happens, it will be dooms day for Windows Phone. Thanks, but no thanks Microsoft...
  • Hell NO!
  • Well this is coming from The Verge, and Tom Warren at that, so it is probably about as accurate as a blind man playing darts.
  • Hehe you just made my day great analogy
  • Agreed, stupid news.
  • The verge writes anything to shit on Microsoft. They are totally biased. I hate that site. Also the guys there have zero understanding. They even suggested MS should drop all devices and windows phone and just start making apps for apple and android. They said this in a video when the new CEO was chosen. They are so fucking dumb and anti.
  • Tom Warren was a WP supporter when he ran WinRumours but The Verge as a whole are usually so far up Apple's arse that they can taste what they had for dinner. I stopped reading their articles during the WP8 rumour mill, and unless another credible site is talking about the subject (that isn't sourcing The Verge) then I pay very little attention to what they write. 
  • This comment should be placed as the first comment.
  • It would be nice if WPCentral adopted a upvote/downvote system that showed comments based on their vote count
  • Surprisingly, verge never gets it right in case of windows phone. So, now I read it as just the opposite if its from verge.
  • I stopped reading The Verge during the WP8 debacle and their furies of unsubstantiated rumours while always claiming 'anonymous sources". Tom Warren used to run the WinRumours site, so all he does is specualte on BS rumours which are wrong the majority of the time. 
  • What incentive will any developer have to develop for WP then? This will doom Windows Phone. It would almost be a better option to license iOS apps (if technically feasible). Apple might consider this because they need all the help they can get against Google long term. Also, Apple and Microsoft have similar visions from a control perspective (non-open). Much better would be to grow their own development arm and develop first for WP, and then also develop for iOS and Android. It is not like they lack the money or expertise to develop software. Alternatively they can license or buy Sailfish from Jolla.
  • "100,000 apps available for download"?
    It's 200,000.
  • I think it's even more. It was 200.000 in November or so. This is getting really dumb...
  • Enough evidence for fake news...
  • Whats with the Flappy Bird? Its a piece of **** game that you still can download on the WindowsPhone platform.     Making WindowsPhone go Android makes me leave everything Microsoft for ever. I really hate android as a mobile OS. I really do.
  • I feel exactly the same. Our platform .... Os and apps are more beautiful than android. I feel sick just at the idea
  • Wow you guys are dramatic.. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • I agree. I'm a huge Microsoft enthousiast owning a Surface, Nokia Lumia and a W8.1 desktop. Moving anywhere towards Android crap will move me to Apple. I never thought I'd say this, but please someone wake the guy the f*ck up who came up with this idea!!! WP doesn't need shitty Android apps!!! Android should be put to sleep, like Steve Jobs wanted when he was still alive!
  • Android apps are usually crappier than Apple apps too. I'd go to Apple in a heart beat. Chromebook vs. MacBook Pro!? Galaxy vs iPhone? Tab vs. iPad?
  • For real. Windows Central needs to get over Flappy Bird. Its like you all are obsessed and using this as your personal sounding board. If you never mentioned that game again you'd be choosing wisely because it wouldn't hurt you at all and you could cover far more relevant topics.
  • I'LL be going back to Symbian phones.
  • Ill use 3310 nokia end of my technology era. Im dead now
  • Not dramatic, just pure honest expression of personal preference.
  • Maybe this way we can finally get spotify app that is not rubbish -_-
  • who cares about spotify, there are a lot of other alternatives spotify doesn't make or break this platform
  • +820
  • Wp, the land of alternatives. That's what makes people swamp a platform if you didn't know.
  • You mean spotify makes people swamp the platform or the alternatives make people swamp the platform?  
  • There are no alternatives if you want to use Spotify. You'd have to change services entirely.
  • Alternatvies to the service that spotify provides not to spotify itself. 
  • I would love a new spotify app, but not like this...
  • If they do this they might as well make high end windows phones running android.
  • "windows phones running android" Wake up AwgreeRose wake up its already noon...
  • I'm no developer, programmer or understand how the making of Apps work. I don't know if this is possible but I think Microsoft should design a program that allows App makers to Import their Android App, click "Convert", it switches into a Windows Phone app and then submit it into the WPStore! This would encourage a lot of the Android devlopers to upload their apps into Windows Phone platforms because it would be a simple procedure and in return they get a lot more users on their apps!
  • Unfortunately it can never be as easy as that. As different developers use different coding styles. The program wouldn't be able to detect what you're trying to do.
  • You're right. It wouldn't be easy. It would be really difficult but it isn't impossible. With 8.1 now supporting the AppX format and Java, it is more viable. I could see them using a filter driver that, "shims" Android app API calls to a Windows function. That is how they are able to get 32 bit applications to run on 64 bit platforms. There is no reason that the same couldn't be applied to something like this. That tech dates all the way back to RegMon from the NT days. It would be pretty brilliant actually.
  • Java? It's JavaScript bro. Totally different from each other.
  • Do you think that it is easy?!?!
  • No...Windows Phone apps have a design and flow that just aren't present in Android apps. I'd have to seriously consider leaving Windows Phone if this happened.
  • The flow is just so cool and the apps that makes use of wp8 design are of the best like ster kinekor app in south africa
  • Are you related to Mark Boucher the wicketkeeper by any chance?
  • lol..;) :P
  • If that happens I switch to apple.
  • This^^^ Not only on the phone, but everything. PCs, tablets the works.
  • Apple is one of a kind, for now windows phone too, I left android and don't wanna go back there. I prefer having a closed os.
  • I'm with you Baritone. I don't support Google at all and I'd be going pure Apple.
  • I to Symbian.
  • If this is the case, just fork andriod and get it over with.  What would be the incentive for developers to create WP apps if WP users can just download the andriod app instead?
  • I left android because i was tired of it ... I came to Windows Phone and now they are, maybe, considering this ? Like someone said above, i might as well go to apple -.-
  • Hell no. Never
  • That would be awesome. Right now Windows Phone is one of the most innovative OS for phones out there, and the only down side - apps. If we would be able to use android apps on WP, that would solve all the problems.
  • Windows Phone running Android apps would not bring new customers to Windows Phone.
  • you can say that again,
  • NOOOO, I have what I need and with 8.1 on the way, this would make my phone perrrfect.
  • Ah come on man. All the improvements made lately..look how far windows phones have come!! Why would we stoop to that level? I freaking HATE android phones. I would rather have an iPhone if Microsoft starts phasing itself out this way. I dunno. Maybe im just an ignorant consumer who doesn't get it but the whole reason behind me getting this phone was because it wasn't a Droid or an iPhone.
  • I will switch to Symbian. Its a Good Old OS capable of anything.
  • Yeah, for example running slower and even more unstable than Android (quite a feat)
  • HELL No like the dude above
  • I don't want to see this. I like the consistency and unique design in WP8 and W8.1 apps. I'd prefer the 70% API overlap motivated development of dual-platform apps. WP has a market just like any other and once it becomes the 3rd OS you see alongside iOS and Android devs will make 3 versions just like they make 2.
    I have a WP to tie into the MS ecosystem I use, I don't want to blend with google and android with that, it'd just mess stuff up!
  • I left android for a reason. If MS does this I will be forced to get a derp phone.
  • If MS did this, i will buy a nokia 3310 :)
  • This is definitely not a good idea. Not now that Windows Phone has plenty of apps! We don't need Android apps anymore. It's time to stop chasing app parity and start making our own cool apps that other platforms won't have. And Windows 8 instead of supporting Android apps it should support Windows Phone apps. This is a terrible idea. I really hope it doesn't go through.
  • A freaking men
  • Free Beer and as many Women as he can count for this man!!!
  • Besides what apps are missing? Nintendo killed flappy bird so not an issue
  • NOOO!! Just dont do that ... Why would you kill the Uniqueness of the platform with unstable ported apps ? Personaly i'd waite for an app rather than geting a port from android.
  • I think it could be great. I'd have access to whatever app I wanted but I don't have to be in Googles ecosystem. I've been tempted to go to Android for the apps but I just hate the idea of Google watching my every move. This seems like it could be a great alternative. I'd get a superior OS and hardware and have access to all the apps without being attached to Googles servers 24/7. On the down side I fear that Android apps might run like crap on WP and developers would completely stop making WP specific apps which means we lose live tiles and other WP specific features. I guess it really comes down to how they implement it.
  • Not to mention Google's ethical standards, moral standards, constantly shifting values, shady business practices and lack luster products.
  • +Spying habit
  • Not for me!
  • They should have done this ages ago.Already lost too much , its not too late.     Everyone is going Metro , except consumers , So having Holo apps would just reduce hostility of consumers towards Windows design.
  • That's a joke, right?
  • You didnt sleep well did you
  • +520
  • That doesn't make sense at all. You surely are a Android fanboy, your words doesn't seem WP native. Developers will stop developing apps for WP at all given they already are reluctant due to insufficeint mass. Furthermore, they'll have  a good reason as to why develope metro style apps when people can use the droid laggy crap apps and ruin the fulidity? Take my word, WP won't suffer a "slow poision death" if it happens but a "sudden death" the day it happens... I hope it won't and The Verge keeps their business of being the "fake" news reporters.
  • I this happens... I pretty much have to say bye bye to WP. This will destroy the whole dev base of WP and Win8 and thus also App quality. I really hate android. Dont do this microsoft you'll regret it.
  • How about having windows phone apps running in windows 8? I think that makes more sense - increased user base and keeps devs in the ecosystem.
  • That still a better idea.
  • This is utterly ridiculous if they do this. BlackBerry tried it and failed and no matter how much money Microsoft has, this can't end well.
  • Might as well just can both WP and Windows, this will be the biggest admission of defeat and no one would seriously consider a Windows device for anything. Just goes to show, years of neglecting the WP platform and developing Windows 8 with no compelling integration with their mobile OS have lead to Microsoft becoming irrelevant to anyone but big business. No one else to blame but themselves.
  • Oh hells no.... I don't want to have to worry about viruses or malware, this is a bad baaaad baad bad idea. I've managed to mostly degoogle my life, I don't want to go anywhere near this idea. :(
  • Degoogeld :) me to
  • LMAO!
      This is just hilariously desperate if it turns out to be true. Then again...I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft shareholders would be saying "it's this of the axe for WP".
  • No just no.. That disgusting bloated fragmented operating system called android can stay away I don't want it near my Lumia I bought windows phone because of the beautiful design and flow and stability don't ruin it by allowing android to infect the ecosystem
  • I hope this is just a sick joke out in the blogosphere!
  • NO NO NO NO NO Android apps from my experience look a mess and crash Windows Phone apps are slick and well made (with exception to the crap that Microsoft doesn't block)
  • Take a look at the WP store. There are heaps of apps there with 1 star and vocal user complaints about crashing, etc. Just because an app is coded for WP doesn't make the app a good one. They can still misbehave.
  • I thought iOS apps are easier to port than Android apps, as WP doesn't use Java? Are they changing their programming language?
  • Windows Phone 8.1 is moving to AppX with support for Java. As for those who say that MS shouldn't do this, there is a difference between, "porting" an app and converting it. It wouldn't surprise me if MS uses their development portal to allow developers to run them through a conversion algorithm that largely automates the process. Fundamentally speaking, it really isn't any different than converting HTML5 into the Xap format.
  • In James Earl Jones' voice...NOOOOOOOOOOOOO....
  • Rather see WP Palm-ed than sell out to Google...
  • Why the hell is everyone talking about this? Dumb journalism. One media outlet posts something like this and everyone else has to follow. It's speculation and stupid at that. For Pete's sake stop it with the Flappy Bird BS. It was already confirmed from the horse's mouth that he was going to release it on WP,the only reason why it didn't happen was because he killed the whole Flappy Bird project. Knock it off already. Windows Phone apps have been doing very well lately and you know that.
  • I would like to see this. I live thr windows phone. But need the apps. And I do not want to get an android phone.
  • No thanks. I'm fine with the apps which we have and if we got android apps they would run like crap and make wp look bad.
    At least everything we have is nice and smooth.
  • True :)
  • If this happens, you can kiss WP goodbye because developers will no longer develop for WP. There will be zero incentive to get a WP device over an Android.
  • It might attract consumers, but it won't attract developers. They'll just code for Android and leave Windows Phone in the dust, since an app for the latter won't be necessary.
  • Yes , the developers will ignore the windowsphone platform if this happens
  • Yeah right now Satya and Belfiore should use their contacts to get developers
  • MSFT was never able to convince much developers for most apps-lack solution, it was Nokia who did. I'm not sure what Satya can do in this matter...
  • If this happens, I may go Apple too. Nothing like no confidence in your own platform. If MS can't get the apps people want, then make apps ppl can't live without!
  • Absolutely
  • Relax man , they won't do it
  • I certainly hope so or they'll sure meet worsen than current blackberry scenario.
  • yeah..they should enable Android apps on Windows, Windows Phone and the Xbox One so we can play Flappy Birds against the gVerge staff. Nice advice, gVerge! That guy Tom Warren is a shameless gVerge con artist.
  • Flapp fn birds:(
  • +520! Just can't agree anymore...
  • I'll switch to the iPhone as well if this happens.
  • Is it wrong for me to say - if done correctly - this is brilliant. Acutally, this is something I've been wanting for quite some time. I've been asking MS to approach BlueStacks about making a Windows Phone App. BlueStacks is a full-power Android emulator that runs non-Google Play APK files. So far I have yet to have any issues with anything running on Windows 7 or 8 with BlueStacks. Here's a screenshot of the BlueStacks App Player running the Facebook APK on my Windows 7 computer. http://sdrv.ms/1fZ85eo Now, I understand the undercutting the developer argument very well. But, there are too many companies - Square, BECU, Intuit, etc... that will not be developing Apps for WP until the marketshare grows. Unfortunately, the marketshare won't grow until people can get the Apps on it. It's a craptastic double edged sword that needs to be addressed. That said, I certainly hope that MS doesn't build NATIVE support for APK files into WP. I hope it stays as a 3rd party option - like BlueStacks for Windows is. It's great to have access to those APK's when you need them, but I wouldn't want to have my WP start behaving like an Android device. I don't want buggy Apps, and daily resets to become a part of daily life again. I came back to Windows to get away from the "force close" screens and I don't want to start having them show up on my device again any time soon.   EDIT: Can we solve the developer issues by merging Windows and Windows Phone Apps to ONE App? I know it sounds crazy, but it shouldn't be too bad for scaling if buttons were a fixed size. Oh well, maybe next time...  
  • NO! Please.:(
  • I wonder what the Develepors are thinking regarding this? Any input from dev's reading this???? (Personally i dont like the idea fyi) 
  • I will be a developer :) , and i think that this is awful!! I think that they won't do it , and maybe google won't accept
  • It's up to MSFT now. Google'll show their stinky heavy policies stuff for some time to hang on but will accept it finally. They'd have a chance to earn even more through their apps.
  • I will say it again, the death of apps are in the browser. With better compatibility in improved in HTML5 and other areas, developers truly write one delay everywhere. It would completely break down the app store issues, development issues and speed to market for cross platforms. We are still a ways off and personally I don't think Apple wants to see this as it would destroy their dominance in the store marketplace.
  • Nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope aaaaaaaand nope. I don't have a problem with the current situation in the store and I certainly don't want anything Android on my Windows Phone. If this happens I will go over to the Apple side of life.
  • +nope
  • Ha ha ha
  • Hell no... If this is true it would be shame on Microsoft!! They must wait and get more developers and more companies to make a windowsphone products.
  • I really hope they do this. So sick of rubbish wp apps.
  • android has the most rubish mind you. so....
  • Explains enough what stopped you from writing your full name...
  • This is a horrible idea, look at blackberry they have no native apps because of this but the android apps run like shit on their os.
  • Please don't. If android Apps are ported to WP i'll go back to my iPhone !
  • Agreed
  • Btw the store is pretty fine, we don't need all the 500k apps that they are useless at Android, personally when i check the Google play store at my friend's phone, i see a lot of bullshit and useless apps
  • And that's the end if the windows phone dream. Just to make sure, didn't you people made an article about how the WP store had crossed 200.000 apps a few weeks ago?! Where the hell has the other 100.000 go?!
    This is starting to look like a desperate move for the quick buck in which case im out.
  • Thank you. That's exactly the point. Windows phones are doing fine and for the most part picking up speed. Lets keep it in the windows phone family lol
  • Rich was bored of sitting and thought of publishing an article and hence this crap..citing lame ex such as flappy bird n irrelevant data such as 100,000 apps!!
  • this man Rich maximum comes with useless and meaningless articles.....
  • +520 THIS! If the figures are from The Verge, then nothing to worry about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Yea right.
  • What?
  • Five words: Barnes & Nobles Nook tablets. They got desperate and opened their OS to Google apps. Six months later the Nook was on life support and all but dead. Why? No compelling reason anymore to not simply buy a Kindle. The same will happen to WP if they become just another flavor of Android.
  • I think the cause/effect is reversed here. Because Nook was dying, B&N desperately tried to fix things by adding Google apps. The Google apps didn't kill the Nook. It was happening already. I actually owned a Nook for a year, but went back to a Kindle because of higher buld quality and lower book prices. B&N just couldn't compete with Amazon's overall package. That's the fundamental question here: can Microsoft compete with Google and Apple's overall packages?  WP had good sales increases last year, but stagnated in Q4. Most of the sales were at the low end, such as with the 521. Will MS make enough money to justify continuing the WP project? I don't have the answers. MS has lots of business lines: desktop OS, corporate server OS, corporate and personal productivity software, cloud storage, corporate services, Xbox, Surface, and WP, etc. Like any business, they need to evaluate the success of each endeavor and decide whether to continue it, end it, or change it. If they're not making enough money on WP, they'll end or change it. My question: how will the integration of Nokia staff affect WP's future? Nokia had just polished Symbian Belle nicely when they closed it down. Can Nokia add some of the really cool features of Symbian Belle into WP, while maintaining the fluidity and graceful design of WP? I hope so.
  • If Microsoft did this, and allowed android apps to be installed on windows phone.. Then their scroogled campaign would be left meaningless, as they report that app devs can see the identity of the purchaser.
  • Yep.
  • They scroogled Silverlight developers.
  • android is what scroogles you. android apps are not made by google and I see nothing wrong with having stuff the same day as android.
  • I've said it before and I'll say it again, If I want Android apps then I'll use Android. I bought a Windows Phone so I want Windows Phone apps not horrendously slow Android ports.
  • ^THIS!
  • AGREED
  • +520
  • This is just the Verge being the little Android bitches that they are. Next you'll be telling us about one of their global warming stories. Don't need the Verge and don't need Android on my WP. MS needs to improve on the OS, which 8.1 goes far in doing, and make quality products and package them as a complete experience for home and mobile. Crush them all.
  • yes....well said.... +720
  • I agree. The Verge is one of the most bias sites against Microsoft I have ever seen
  • Yea lol the verge totally sucks. They are really biased and want to see windows phone die. Their so called experts are dumb as shit too.
  • Well said. "oh Tom.. For god sake... what happened to you?"
  • +520!
  • This will be suicide for WP, may even for their PC!!
    Normandy and this title even causing MS loose developer traction. So far I saw on news, 8.1 SDK is very attractive and interesting. But, MS should really say their objective OUT-LOUD. Being steping on two boat, you can't ask developer to dedicate their time and efforts on building new skills. 
  • Agree. They're not only diverting developers' interest but all killing WP purchases by making these holes.
  • That would be disappointing. I would probably switch as well since I can't imagine windows & android together. That's like an oxymoron.
  • Not just NO, but OH, HELL NO! I don't use Google's garbage for a reason, and I don't want it on my WindowsPhone! Going this route will destroy most people's reasons for using, and developing for, the platform. So, should I start looking at Ubuntu phones now? C'mon, MS. Get your head out of your rear and make a stand with YOUR OWN platform!
  • go back to watching, "The Bachelor" with your overly sensitive ass!
  • this is total nonsense....wp store is absolutely fine....this is a cheap idea and this article is also a cheap article.....just remove this shit.....
  • nop  
  • I think Microsoft sees the value of their developers. I don't think they would be short sighted enough to turn windows phone into an android emulator. Look how well that worked for blackberry.
  • So why there is no new XNA in WP8 and there will be any XNA in WP8.1? Their developers are mostly .Net developers and WP is promoting javascript and C++. They wanted to get more developers, but instead they lost what they had.
  • WP is not promoting javascript and c++. WP is giving this as an option for devs that want cpp for performance and javascript for multi-platform apps. C# remains the core of the native wp ecosystem for most apps that don't need extreme performance and low hardware access, but don't what the POS that is javascript.
  • Yes, but only if they were interspaced in the normal store with the normal wp apps. Otherwise the normal wp store could get ignored... Which would not be good for Microsoft!
  • Stay the course MS!
  • Nooooooo!
  • Hell no, I left android for Wp and I will not go back.
  • Well, the UI and UX is what I love about WP and that is the reason why I would continue using it after Nokia branding is gone. If I had to use Android apps, I would get an Android phone, more specifically I would get a Nexus 5.
  • I feel it as well. Give consumers choice. Damm it man android is everywhere and i dont know why...
  • Price points. That is how Android devices dominate market.  As for apps, developers flock to huge ecosystems. Thats natural. Apps themselves, previous reporting showed that Android users are the least likely to want to pay for something.  So things are free/ ad supported. Bingo. Apps go anywhere and everywhere in absence of any ownership barrier.  This is a terrible idea for MS.  I am insignificant and a no-one, but I will reluctantly move my entire family off of WP back onto iOS if this turns out to be true.  I can pretty much guarantee my WP wielding friends will do the same.
  • The beginning of the end as far as I'm concerned. Wtf
  • Do not do this apps aren't that important!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Apps surely are important but not more than having "no laggy apps" in WP...
  • This won't work, because Microsoft will have to replicate the closed-source Google APIs that are so intrinsically tied into almost all apps on the Play Store nowadays. They could implement AOSP, but Google have been intentionally leaving that very out of date so no good apps will use it.
  • I didn't actually get what you just smoked but seems good.
  • Bad move. Personally, I'm pretty happy with the app selection as it stands. Most of the "biggies" are covered, which is something BlackBerry was never and will never be able to claim. Developers won't have a hard time figuring out they should just skip Windows Phone when it's served by their Android development efforts. I hope Microsoft instead redoubles their efforts to bring more developers on board to create native apps for the platform.
  • Ew no
  • This whole things just screams reactionary panic. They've made HUGE strides in the app department over the last year, and there don't seem to be any signs of that slowing (unless you count this as a sign...). They need to trust in their model and continue on the path they've laid. Allowing Android apps on WP completely removes any incentive to develop for the Windows/MS platforms, and that hurts not only WP, but Win8/RT and Xbox as well. Apps play a HUGE role in people's decisions to adopt a platform, and being reliant upon a company like Google for something so vital is NOT smart.
  • Horrible.
  • Windroidible.
  • Don't do that Microsoft, especially when Windows phone 8.1 brings so much to the table. And just for the record, BB10 support android apps, that did not take it anywhere
  • Viruses coming to windows phone in 3...2...1...
  • Android in Windows like Bieber meeting Micheal Jackson or Eminem or anyone
  • LOL!
  • This would be the end of Windows, quite frankly.  I absolutely won't use the horrible hacker-fodder that is Android.  I just wish Google and Android would die.  Period.
  • No way please MS we dont want any Google shit on our phone. Ohhhhh please
  • Whoever is making this desperate play needs to get moved off the Windows Phone team. The notoriety of Android apps for the prevalence of malware aside this is nothing but a desparation play instead of taking the long view and watching the increasing (but slow) market share that Windows Phone is grabbing for itself. Microsoft may be going through transition with a new CEO right now but with Windows Phone 8.1 around the corner and the Dev preview already out there one can only hope this is a rumor and nothing more.
  • The Verge. Tom Warren. 100,000 apps.
  • If this happens I might leave WP8
  • Please don't! I believe that a whole lot of the WP user base will jump ship if that happens. We will be patient, so don't leave your One Direction MSFT!
  • Pls no
  • Ya if Microsoft allows this. There will be no more windows developers. They will just be all android and were just using theirs..
  • No, no, no.  This is unsat. A scare tactic by The Verge editors?  Maybe.  The MS Store has 200K apps now and improving.  If MS did allow this my next phone will be with Apple.
  • Exactly. I have no love for Google and would go back to Apple in a second if they did this.
  • Please don't :(
  • Microsoft better not do this. Keep pushing for Devs to come and build apps. Don't take the easy way out. 
  • They ain't taking the easy way out, no to mention, it's not easy at all. They are doing a fast-way-out. They trying to pump WP marketshare with this silly already dead idea....
  • Ugh no
    NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
  • No they shouldn't. Just merge WP and win rt and then the apps will come twice as fast. Matter of time.
  • but nobody is making RT or WP apps. they need to sell devices. But they can't without apps. this is a way to break out of the chicken and egg problem.
  • If you combine all windows phones and rt devices there are millions and millions of devices already, and that will only slowly increase over time. All they need to do is make win rt and WP even better, make good devices and all will be fine.
  • This idea if implemented would be a complete disaster. All the effort put into windows phone by the devs and people who are looking for something new in an OS would go right down the drain. I hope they don't  implement it.
  • That would be the beginning of the end for WP.
  • The moment MS does this I'll say goodbye to WP. I don't really know any app that I need so much that isn't here anymore. If not here, there's an alternative. Is someone accepting defeat or MS just wants to kill WP as another OS?! Hope this isn't Satya's dream for this beloved platform, we love metro, the uniqueness, the tiles, the fluidity and everything....Just dedicate a little more resources to encourage developers. The future is bright, can't wait to get on Blue WP 8.1
  • I want the jelli app on my phone (ios and android only), so I can request my EDM music on the radio.
  • Then eat jelly and forget metro and go out.
  • Mixed feelings about this. I'm tired of the same old reviews from tech companies stating WP8 apps are lacking. However, with the lack of apps argument eliminated this could be a great boost for WP8. But then there is the perceived snub Google throws at MS, case in point being YouTube as an example. Then I would hate to see apps not fitting the UI format I love with WP8. Maybe some targeted apps would work... Just don't know.
  • I prefer to have all the google's crap far from us... Thanks!
  • Now if that happens good bye windows phone. Listen Microsoft if you have someone out there that reads what consumers and early adopters want. Don't fuse or don't bring android app to windows phone, there are so many junk app in android and also the vulnerability of some app that will compromise data in the phone. Just keep doing what you doing Microsoft patients and eventual it will catch up IOS and android market. I dint want to be in the same wagon that android and IOS are. I want ti be unique, and that's why I got a windows phone, so please I would not like to see the end of windows phone.
  • No no ms should not consider this at all ... This will end the development of WP based apps
  • This shows a lot. But instead of creating an argument, I will bitch and say... Wtf?!?!?!?! I am about to receive my 32gb nexus 5 because I wanted a few of my android apps back... And now MSFT may pull this? Omfg..... Had I known, I would have order a Lumia 1020 or 1520 instead... This is bullshit >_>
  • If they need apps that bad just let WP use a Amazon app store
  • Horrible idea.
  • Do iiiit!
  • That's a white flag move. Keeping going with the integrated/ubiquitous experience between devices and fire whomever is considering this proven failure move.
  • Hell no!
  • That's a terrible idea
  • Vote against and spread
    http://windowsphone.uservoice.com/forums/101801-feature-suggestions/sugg...
  • I'd leave Windows Phone for Apple. I don't support Android.
  • This would be suicidal and would mark the death of Windows and WP as desktop and mobile platforms.
  • Funny that most of the news from verge end up being a hoax.
  • NO!!!!!!!!!!! Android is already a matured OS, whereas WP is still a kid. And we like kids right! C'mon Microsoft don't do this.
  • We know we lack behind but dont call android a mature os it suckss
  • Patience! MS needs to just speed up feature development, the apps will take care of themselves. Adopting Android apps, will kill WP app development and will flood the store with apps that go against WP design language, making the whole expereince a mess and causing users both loyal and not to leave for something more uniform like iOS.
  • I am pretty happy with the apps on WP right now., but if the above said happens, then ADIOS Windows Phone !!!!!
  • Yak... Feeling of throwing up...
    Really don't like that "Don't be evil" company and neither those Samsungers with their tacky moral and cheating ethic.
    Paying people to bash others, no don't want anything from either of them❕
  • Exactly right. I want nothing to do with Google.
  • I think you have to also think about the converting of the Windows RT/Store apps and Windows Phone apps. If developers can use one set of API's for both environments, then they will still build apps for it, as the combined market share will make it worth it. So, why not add Android apps?
  • Oh slowly metro is dying! Why develop apps for windows then! Microsoft you are making so many mistakes. Xbox windows 8!!!!!! Come on
  • Nokia is making an Android version of it's Asha phone line.  That is why Android apps will be in the Windows stores.  Personally I left my Galaxy S4 for my Lumia 1020 because the camera is sweet, and the Os is very stable and FAST!  Andorid is a recource hog, and lags.  
  • We have to take a rally to MS Saying no to android. What a shot android is. AHHHH it smells
  • LOL, maybe the shareholders said, "Bring over Android or we pull WP"
  • No, No and No. Fuck this thought of yours MS
  • As an IT guy, I can imagine the support phone call now.... Um hey IT...my son wanted (incert Droid app name here) on my business windows 8 phone, and somehow its wanting Chrome to get authorization to install, and google docs to replace office. And what's my email password again?, google needs that to convert me over to Gmail.......
  • Either Microsoft or Tom Warren is drunk. :-/
  • If they did this just for games, I would be fine with it so since games don't necessarily have to abide by the "metro" UI
  • Is this a flase rumour MS???????
  • Well I'll hold off on that Xbox One then. If this true I will completely switch to Apple products, purchase a PS4, deactivate all MS accounts, no more WPC app (switch to imore) and wash my hands of Microsoft, not that they'll care.
  • Word
  • Microsoft don't you dare !
  • disaster. please let this not be true. why would developers develop for Windows Phone when they could just develop for Android for 2 platforms.    
  • I can't imagine this would ever happen. Why waste time unifying the API under RT if it'll be cast off? I'd guess we may see a compatibility layer to allow Android devs to easily port their apps, but natively? Not a chance.
  • This is a horrible idea. It took a while but MSFT has all the major social media apps. MSFT us making waves with devs. True it would be nice to have the more popular apps when they are released along side of Android and iOS, but if we have to fight to get them I willing to fight with MSFT.
  • No.
  • Thats the worse idea on the planet which Blackberry knows too well but of course this is another rumour that could be far from the truth. But it think Windows Phone 8.1 (if thats its name) will offer many improvements to users as well as developers so it's likely that this peice of information will be deemed utter crap.
  • If this occurs, it is the first step in the elimination of Windows Phone all together.
  • No thanks. I'd rather not have malware on my 920. If I wanted Android apps, I'd get an Android phone.
  • I would probably just go for iPhone. However I dont think this is true
  • In another news, Google has partnered with VMware to bring Windows programs to Chromebooks. http://wmpoweruser.com/google-partners-with-vmware-to-bring-traditional-windows-apps-to-chromebooks/
  • Since Android is the dominant OS, people would altogether stop making apps for WP and just continue making apps for Android, anyway they'd be hitting WP at the same. I don't think it's a good idea.
  • Stupid if you ask me. So we'll also worry about Android malware with Windows malware? Not to mention no one would develop anymore for windows if they can hit more handsets...
  • what a cop out
  • I wonder what decision the new CEO makes.
  • Me no like
  • Horrible idea Posted via the WPC App for Android on my BlackBerry
  • This idea was awful for BlackBerry and would be devastating to Microsofts platform vision. You cannot unify your platform as a differentiating factor by running someone elses app models. We would see a bunch of rounded, soft ugly apps instead of the native Metro designs.   IF they do this, it would need to not be direct app ports, but instead applications would need to be modified for the UI elements people expect in their OS. Supporting the run-time is fine, but letting Android apps run hog wild all over the platform would be terrible.
  • Hmmm...lets see...No way!! This is absolutely pathetic and nonsense, this just will ruin Windows Phone as we know it. :S :'(
  • Tom Warren is a troll now since he got a job at The Verge.
  • I really do not believe on this. We can see how much effort Microsoft has being putting on Modern UI and the three screens initiative. For me, it's only speculation to make people think (who do not use Android yet): " Hey! If Microsoft is thinking of Android, let's see what it is too!" The problem with Microsoft is that Microsoft started late in this market. They introduced a new piece of technology (Windows Phone) - which for me is superb - missing some basic stuff (remember 7.0 version?) in a market of more complete OS and devices. So, who tried it in that time got unsatisfied. In addition they created a better version (7.5), who faced a lot of enemies, not the OS, but people that had used version 7 and moved away to Android or anything else. As devices cost money, people wouldn't by a new device just to try this new update. Again Microsoft surprised us, releasing a greate OS, Windows 8.X and its "mobile version" Windows Phone 8. Again more problems, who was using 7.5 version really would like to get this update, but Microsoft wouldn't. The ordinary people don't change device each 6 months, I believe they wait at least for one year to accomplish that. So, Microsoft is picking what they planted. Fan boys will ever look for new things, get updated and get new things from Microsoft. But they aren't majority. While Microsoft was cooking Windows Phone a large multitude of people found in Android a place to stay, and got used to that. Now, to make this people change place, a greate effort must be done, costing a lot in advertising. And I think this is what Microsoft should do more than anything else: distribute some  low cost devices to ordinary people, adversting even more on TV (they are doing this already, have you whatched Arrow TV show?) and literally "buy" developers of famous apps. Microsoft should offer to them some money.  I can tell you something: I'm from Brazil and I've seen a lot of people using Nokia 520 here because it is beautiful and cheap, ordinary people, not developers. As I'm a fan boy, I got my Windows Phone 7 before than anyone else here in my city, imported from USA. My wife had an Android and used it for 1 year. So I gave to her a Lumia 520. She loved and said to me: "Dear, this is so easy to use, I don't want an Android ever more". In conclusion, now that Microsft has a good enougth device and OS, people must know it! So, to prosper in the future in this market Microsoft has to lose some money now, and give devices, opportunity to people get know Windows Phone not only in USA, but in entire World, mainly in emergent countries like Brazil. Blend Android and Windows is not a good option because Windows Phone (Windows 8.x, WP 8.x) is better than Android, the problem is all about strategy, administration and focus. Ahh, what about the Windows Tablets? Man, here in Brazil the ordinary people dont know they exist! Again, Microsoft is getting late.... for example, I was needing a cheap Tablet, and found in Samsung Tab 2 a good place to stay, because here we dont have a windows device in market.     
  • Very interesting read. I love hearing different perspectives. Thank you :-)
  • It will likely create less incentive for native apps...but as long as it works...who cares? No one forces you to use it. BlackBerry 10 has the fastest web browser and the most compliant HTML5 browser in the market (source: New Relic and html5test.com). But what matters to most people are apps My wife got rid of her iPhone because of the Z10 keyboard, email client, and BBM. However, one thing that really bothered her was the lack of kiddy games to keep our kids entertained when we were out (eg doctors office). That one thing was a big negative. However, the ability to directly install Android games from Amazon App Market and Google Play client (Snap) resolved that. MS should focus on improving the HTML5 on its browser and get an Android runtime. This won't convert the masses, but, it will retain people and bring people that like the UI but turned off because of the app situation. Posted via the WPC App for Android! on BlackBerry Z30
  • Give your kids a book?
  • Books are the first line of defense. Gadgets are second. Tic tacs are the last line. After that it's meltdowns. Posted via the WPC App for Android! on BlackBerry Z30
  • Ha ha. I hear you there. My daughter is starting her meltdown phase.
  • That about sums it up for my two boys lol ;-p
  • No. It would ruin WP.
  • I don't need android apps they are not secure. I am satisfied with WP apps!
  • We're finally getting solid app development, and we have the majority of important apps. There is no need for android on wp.
  • Someone who has enough votes should create a topic on this in the suggestion box! We should all vote against this and let them know we are not supportive of the idea.
  • DONE ❕❕
    http://windowsphone.uservoice.com/forums/101801-feature-suggestions/sugg...
  • Though I don't think it'll gonna happen, gave 9 votes from my 3 different account. 55 -----> 64 :)
  • Vote away fellas ^^
  • Is this Joe's idea? Fuck him
  • That's what I had told on the idea of Satya being the new CEO. Remove this virus for further developement opportunities.
  • I love the integrated experiences and live tiles of Windows Phone. I am getting weary of the lack of apps. So much so that I have been looking into the Nexus 5 or even an iPhone, God help me. I wanted my Surface to be my only tablet/pc, but because of a lack of apps in the Windows Store, I use my wife's iPad to fill in the gaps. Something needs to be done, and if merging with Android is the solution, so be it.
  • What about security? What about the fact that Android has a store where viruses and malware has exploded like no other platform?
  • If the apps are of great quality and we still have the buttery smooth OS of Windows Phone then it is a great idea. REMEMBER it is only apps not OS, the reason why people hate android is the buggy OS. If their ported apps caused issues in WP then it wouldn't be a good idea but Microsoft are not that stupid, it would only happen if they where flawless...Bring it on!!!
  • I don't have any problem with app but converting android apps into WP means no more nice 3rd party WP apps any more
  • I thi k this would signal the end of Windows Phone. The OS would largely become a "skin" for android.
  • Don't do itttt Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Sounds like a joke to me! I would imagine MS would make the app creation/migration process simpler rather than cave to a company they actively compete against.
  • My personal opinion I don't want Android apps on my windows phone
  • I think this scenario (quoted from Hal Berenson's blog) is much more likely than WP actually running Android apps... "I don’t think Microsoft is planning on opening up its devices to just obtain apps from Google Play or other arbitrary Android app stores. I think this is more of another way to do cross-platform development. That is, you can go to an app developer and say “you can use this software to get your app running on Windows Phone and submit it to the Windows Phone Store for almost no development cost, you’ll just need to do some testing, manifest work, etc.”. The app developer gets a low-overhead entry into the Windows Phone world, Microsoft can grow its app library much more rapidly, the end-user not only gets more apps but Microsoft can still offer them guarantees about app safety in the store. As Windows Phone volumes grow the app developer would then be encouraged to either write a native app for WP or switch to a cross-platform environment that lets them use native platform features." From here: http://hal2020.com/2014/02/10/microsoft-and-an-android-play/
  • I think this is far more likely myself. Windows Phone is in far better shape than many people give it credit. The apps will come- its simply a matter of being patient and MS not iterating its plan too slowly. I'll admit I'm frustrated with the platform and policies however its still the best OS for me and my wife.
  • NEVEEERRRRRRR!!!!
  • Why would anyone develop for Windows then when they know Microsoft is gonna port their apps from Android play store ?
    It is just a suicidal idea which i guess isn't true. It will be too early to kill such a great OS which has not even matured completely . Hope this doesn't happen .
  • This move if true will hurt WP really bad....it will make WP like BlackBerry.. MS please don't be silly
  • That would be the end of Windows Phone. I am absolutely sure Windows phone 8 users are loyal fans. So just as we have been patent with the slow but unique way the Windows phone is developing. We can continue too do that. So i don't buy the idea of Androids app running on Windows. Based on security issues n lot more
  • Terrible idea..
  • If they did this, there wouldn't be much of an incentive to develop native apps for the OS.
  • I can already find two fart apps on WP market, I don't need 100s of them. It makes sense for bringing games to the store but at what cost? MS should rather enable the openGL and other game development platforms that are used for android and iOS. That way porting games would become super easy. Allow access to more api s. Or contact android developers and port their code using MS developers, or contract the work out. It is entirely MS's fault, first they did not develop for two years straight and now they are getting deperate. Meanwhile they lost a huge potential of capturing some significant market share.
  • Why do everyone keep focusing on the numbers? It doesn't mean s**t to have millions of apps on the Store if they're all crap, which the vast majority is on Google Play. Focus on getting relevant apps (we've already got most of them) and focus on their quality instead.
  • I would prefer Microsoft not to make any phones if they abandoned WP and go for android. That's why I'd chosen WP in first place to avoid Google.
  • I don't see any problem, just benefits!!!
    We'll still have WP OS!!! We'll still have a great performance compared to Android...
    And will have a PLUS! A lot of Apps to run in our perfect plataform!
    We all know that the WP market kills the plataform!
  • I'm now completely turned of from windows phone for the time being. I honestly don't see the need to allow android apps on WP. It is understandable if android apps are provided through bluestacks for PC and vice versa for Chromebooks through VMWare, but not WP. Why would you even think of stifling your own OS Microsoft
  • ⬆⬆⬆⬆⬆his❕❕❕❕❕❕❕
  • If this happens, I'm out. Microsoft needs to stop trying to appease every damn type of consumer, can't they just be content that they've created a niche?! Its not like they're going to dominate the mobile world anytime soon anyway.
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  • Agreed man. Words well spoken
  • MS answer to Google partnering with VMWare to be able to use Windows apps on Chromebook..? Either way, MS could not defeat Android by using Android on WP. Just ask Blackberry. Just my opinion.
  • So cant google with their drunk books.
  • If they do this i am off the wp boat..
  • If I want Android, I'll get an Android phone, its not like there's a limited choice...nuff said.
  • Hell fucking no. I came for Windows Phone not Android.
  • Also I blame WP Central for not giving these app developers the truth about the numbers. I see no end of interviews about new apps at these trade events they cover and meet these CEO's who moan that they aren't developing for WP due to the numbers of users. Why don't WP Central stick up for us and tell them to start developing these so called missing apps.
  • I just want WP to keep succeeding as it is slowly but surely.. I don't want WP success based on anything that Android has done.. My answer is NO❕❕❕❕..
  • Please noooooooooooooo. I beg
  • This is desperate crap. They will dig their hole even deeper by doing this.
  • Yaaay! Hundreds of thousands of junkware apps. Just what we need.
  • If I wanted to run Android apps I would have bought an Android phone. I don't complain that my toaster doesn't make coffee, I buy a coffeemaker!
  • Noooooooooooooooooooooooo
  • Nope.
  • Really? Come on! This would not even follow WP design pattern, this could end up being just like Blackberry. If this ever comes true, I will no longer keep my WP. Rather use Android apps on an Android Phone. 
  • Wait, is everyone saying they are using Windows Phone for the apps? Not me, I'm here for the OS itself and all that it brings. Sure some WP8 apps may be better than their Android counterpart, but I don't think it is a huge deal(feel free to jump all over me). I think I'm OK with this, and in fact maybe it gets us to a point where an app is an app (not a WP app vs an Android app). I think Apple is the loser here!
  • Why cant they use their contacts properly invite developers and other VIPs too.
  • If this happens... Goodbye Windows Phone. I love you, MS, stop ruining things. :(
  • This better be a joke Satya
  • This would be fantastic news: 1) all the apps that nobody will ever make for WP because there aren't enough devices out there would be there. 2) you would now be able to recommend a WP because it has all the android apps, plus the 200K windows apps. 3) more sales = more reason for devs to properly support the platform. 4) it would be all the benefits of android with none of the drawbacks: primarily it removes the OEM crapware that prevents android from getting updated. it removes the bloated google experience which requires 4 cores to run smooth, it removes the huge scurity problems of android by sandboxing any malware the way apple does with parallels and windows. Why are some people here resisting this? MSFT should do this. What's the worse that can happen? nobody buys their OS? I have news for you. nobody is. At least this would make every review note the fact WP has the most apps of any ecosystem.
  • Youre idea is good but the problems getting android apps might damage quality Windows phones. Ppl expect different too. It depends upon how they will market it
  • 1) There are better alternative apps in WP store right now. Not even all the apps in Play store are optimised for Android devices. They are laggy like hell. Moreover, they're version dependent because of more variety (Gingerbread, Jellybean, Icecream, kitkat and other kids stuff) as compared to less variety in WP platform. Don't think it'll be so easy to port them to WP. Blackberry is dead an example. 2) First point already explains as to why one won't want unoptimised apps. 3) [WP lovers would actually get diverted to iPhone not WP, just read some comments from this article and realize why] + [Contradicting to your statement, developers won't develop apps at all because of availability of Android apps for WP users] = LESS SALES. One'll support WP for one or more of the following reasons: i) They dislike android's laggyness. ii) They can't afford iPhone iii) They love WP's metro style and its official-ness 4) Security? Android? Seriously?  Anyways, and you believe apps of Android that requires 4 cores to run smoothly can run in half the cores smoothly? There ain't "some" people resisiting this plan but "many" and they have good reasons.
  • Worst idea EVER!! If that happens, it will be the end of Windows Phone....even the existing Windows Phone users will hate microsoft feeling stupid for trusting a them in the first place! It will be the saddest thing ever to happen for Microsoft. Don't be a joke Microsoft, please!
  • Avoid. I had a playbook and Android never works properly in a sandbox. I have left Android for the security and fluidity of win phone 8. I don't want this. We need a decent email app and some more banking apps but not much else. Many apps are arriving and improving daily. I have loads of apps on my phone. I love it. Please keep windows android free.
  • That cannot be true.Then devs would not develop for Windows Phone and I would have not part of the Android cesspoll of spyware/malware. If it is true I hope the rumours of a 5" iPhone are true.
  • Wouldn't an obvious issue with this be security? Android apps have a history of doing all sorts of nasty things whereas WP is known for its security, so surely this would just be throwing that out of the window?
  • I'm persuaded by the comments.  Don't do it.
  • This is a terrible idea. Reasons echo all those already voiced.
  • If you open that door MSFT you are opening a door that will allow the worst to happen.
  • Yeah Satya should look into the matter if joe is really thinking of this
  • I just hope this is BS... if this ever happens then I am affraid this would mean the end of WP or Windows. It would be like you´re trying to sell something and besides telling the buyer what you offer, you tell them and we suck
  • I don't see a big problem. You'll have the great Windows Phone UI we all love and the Microsoft services along with more apps. I liken it to visiting a website. You can use IE or you can use Chrome; still gets you to the same site.
  • I hate Google and everything about it. I don't use Chrome, G+, or GMaps or anything from Google. I would be switching to iOS if Google comes in WP.
  • Why the hell would I want Android in a PC? It's great for mobile and decent for tablets but not a desktop.
  • If I was worried about apps, I wouldn't have gotten my Lumia, nor my Focus before that. I really enjoy the crisp and familiar layout of WP8 apps. To poison the marketplace with a mess of Android apps would seriously be the end of Windows Phone. Continue with the process of merging RT and WP8, that's the best means for developing more apps: have more devices covered for a larger marketplace.
  • Nooooooo! That is all.
  • Good idea for the short term and investors. Horrible idea for the long term and the supporters. I'm sorry, I don't usually like to jump on the "Doom and Gloom" side, but yea. this happens? Who would care to write native apps for WP? How many BB Playbooks do you see running around? Great device, great OS (IMO), but who'd jump on? Just emulate. and when you get stuck with that experience you just buy an Android device.  Lose nativity, lose support, lose interest. Why get a second rate experience of an identical product elsewhere? So yea, do this, and devs (like myself) won't see a future - my opinion.
  • Waiter, there's and Android in my Windows Phone, screw this, I'll have an Apple.
  • +920
  • They do this and they lose me as a Windows Phone customer. I'd have no motivation to stay in a platform that runs emulated content from another platform. I'd make a jump and go for the real thing. And please don't get me wrong, I LOVE my Windows Phone device and I'm very fond of Microsoft. But this would be too much to stomach.
  • WP is rising. That's all I can say about it. And in a few months WP8.1 comes around.
  • If it happens I'm switching to Android. Sorry WP.
  • Terrible idea. More than one person in these comments has hit the nail on its head. That's the fact, that no one would have any reason to develop specific Window Phone apps or Windows I'd their running Android. What's the point? I might as well jump ship to Android and call it a day. Why would any user of WP want hacked in Android apps? Do you think developers will actually make the apps take advantage of the modern/metro UI w/ Live Tiles? Lol. That's a dream. Any developer already cashing in on Android won't waste time making it look any different for the sake of WP. The next issues or excuse will from developers won't be, "There's no apps" it'll be "Its too much money/time consuming to create WP "looking" apps, we'll just copy what we have." At that point MS will probably just need to back out of the phone game all together. Android won. Clearly, the people who use the phone and have transitioned from iOS and Android do not want another experience in the phone. Even if that means more apps, I could care less. This slow walk towards getting the apps we want/need has been working, why is it that it has to happen overnight? When MS entered this mobile space, being late, they knew it would be a war. Not a battle. Fight this out.
  • I think it's a good idea! Ultimately, it'll be a less headache for developers, developing games for every platform.... now, they'll just have to create app once and do the testing.. Finally, Microsoft is coming forward and join the hands.... cz, ultimately, the Users are getting affected between the wars of these three companies :/  :)
  • I think MS must have its own developers who would make similar (if not better) apps to those whose developers are refusing to make, wp8 is still young. For me i am more interested on better features, good hardware and easy of use. If all the features i used to enjoy on n97 or n8 are put on wp8 , i would be home & dry.
  • In a world where the most desirable app ever is Flappy Bird (or so it seams), and the number one feature people look for in a phone is the Apple or Samsung logo, I really have no idea what Microsoft should do. But if this strategy makes sense to them I would hate to hear what other options are on the table.
  • Wtf? Is this even a news? Defeats the whole purpose of windows phone development.
  • I still dont see any reason to complain about a lack of apps, there are alternatives that are as good or even better than the official versions.
  • Honestly what apps are we missing at the moment that is truly killing us WP users? I think they're just doing this to either just brag about getting more apps or to please Google enough to stop being stingy with its services l
  • No no no
  • Talking about apps where's flipboard they announced it on September. I don't use flipboard but I got a couple of friends that they wish WP had flipboard to switch cause it already has other mayor apps.
  • This is BS Google fanboy propaganda... How many of these "WP needs Android" rumor articles have we seen here???
  • If that happens, forget apps written for WP. Why would developer bother to code for two platforms if he can do it for ONE? Different question is, where will it lead WP.
     
  • The apps don't run nicely on my blackberry.  Although they're nice to have, i much prefer the native apps.  Windows already has more apps than blackberry so i don't think it's all that neccessary.  They're doing just fine.  There's a lot of great substitutes on Windows phone anyways especially from developers like Rudy filling in.  Don't do it.  It'll ruin the experience.  
  • I doubt Android apps would be runnable directly "as is". Microsoft would implement their own JVM (Java Virtual Machine), and implement certain APIs. Obviously such Android apps as those that have low-level hooks into the OS (such as replacing the keyboard) would not work. Those who have mentioned the word "emulator" are probably wrong, I would expect it to be a JIT compiler, exactly as .Net apps behave on WP now for a "native" experience. There would have to be some developer effort involved in porting I would expect, not just pick up an existing app and submit it to the Windows store. As a WP developer I am in two minds about this. On one hand it would be great, as you could target two OSes with one code base, but on the other hand it would be the death knell of .Net development on WP which would be a shame as it is a superior toolset/language IMHO. I don't quite understand the negative feedback towards this idea, as presumably it is the OS that drew us all to WP, not the apps. The OS won't change. Apps are just software. I can't tell the difference between apps written in c# and c++, and if MS is smart with how they implement it, Java apps will be the same.    
  • wtf is goin on with these rumors, this has to be the worst wp news ever, what would be left for us if microsoft sided with the shit
  • WP has over 200.000. Let's keep a bit of pespective
  • If Android apps are coming to Windows Phone perhaps we won't have too much to complain about as far as games go. I've about given up on Xbox on Windows Phone. The level of effort that they've put into the service, the certification issues, and the slow trickle of games releases is pathetic. Xbox on mobile was a huge selling point for me. I've been waiting for Ryman Fiesta Run since it was supposed to be released a week after the other mobile platforms. Where's Terraria? Where's Real Racing 3? There are a whole host of games that might never see the light of day on Windows Phone unless Android apps are enabled to run on Windows Phone. It should have never come to this but frankly app parity between the platforms is a huge gulf that may be impossible to cross without this development/rumor. All in all I hope that WP8.1 fixes all of the issues I have with the platform and the apps continue to flow, however I'm pessimistic today...
  • Just spend the money & pay the most wanted app developers.
  • this would be the straw that breaks the camels back for me... I would leave the platform as that would only be the beginning of the end. Having using Windows Mobile then WP7 in 2010 this would literally make me switch instantly to Apple smh
  • No.
  • Flappy Bird, yeah that was serious... (!)
  • Terrible idea. They need to simply make WP8 FREE for OEM's and plan to profit on app sales. A free WP8 is a WP8 that OEM's, and by extension, app developers, will jump on.
  • Hellz No!  Keep on Keeping on and soon it will work itself out. No android apps on my WP! 
  • As a dev, I would dump WP if this happened. As a user, same thing. Anyway, don't worry, sounds like nonsense.
  • This would be the worst move possible. The only way to remain relavant in the app world is to make sure that WP apps and Win8 apps work together/same. In other words, make sure that the threshold update comes quick and smooth. If you can nail that synergy, then i think dominance will go to Microsoft again.
  • Do I get all the malware, viruses, etc that come with the android apps? If so, then no thanks.
  • At first when i saw this i thought "this is fantastic" as i will get the chance to have loads of extra apps , but then i realised as an average consumer there isn't any apps i actually need or want desperately and this will ruin integration for wp8 ! Don't get me wrong i am just an average consumer but really like wp and would like to see it progress properly! I own a 520 but if wp does progress as i would like it to with 8.1 i will consider buying a higher end model in the future , and that Microsoft is how you get customers...
  • The scary thing about even them thinking about doing this? A developer could read an article like this and change their mind on an app they were about to port to Windows Phone. If Microsoft doesn't commit to their OS, nobody is going to develop for it.
  • Microsoft must create new XNA, which will allow to develop games in .Net instead of obsolete C++ or markup HTML.
  • Windows Phone stands for quality apps. Bring Android apps and people would rather stay with Android then.
  • Jesus Christ people, understand what we're actually talking about here--we're not talking about Android on Windows Phone, we're talking about a wrapper/emulator running Android apps inside windows phone.  It's not a half-bad idea if it runs properly. 
  • I completely agree it would be nice if it runs properly to have all those extra apps and with 8.1 windows phone could have a great improvement...the lumia 520 i bought last year could be a way better phone by next year!
  • Do you not see that it would severely curtail native WP apps? I will not have anything to do with the Android cesspool so without any new WP apps I would be forced into iOS.
  • I'll go back to a basic phone or to IOS I don't use Android anything period.
  • Tru....tha only thing needs is tha APPS all and WP will win watch
  • NOOOOOOOoooooo!
  • First, this a rumor and not a new one. Beyond that, please look at the source. Anyone who takes this BS seriously really needs to do a basic reality check.
  • Best to avoid having your privacy violated and sold.
  • Rather than be Screwgled, I would reluctantly jump ship to Apple. What the heck, a couple more years and iOS will look like WinPhone anyway and they're rumored to be making phones with screens larger than microdots this year.
  • Do it.
  • I would not like this. Yes we get more apps but I would prefer native apps for Windows Phone as opposed to android apps. If I wanted android apps I would have purchased an android phone but I didn't....
  • This isn't going to help.
  • I'm no geek,just a WP user. I think the game has changed,today its all about services,I use a windows phone & an android tablet,I want my devices to work on both devices. This I have on the Nexus 7 with my windows apps,(outlook,SkyDrive,OneNote & Xbox music etc.) and I would like the same on my Lumia,for my google services. So for me,I don't think its such a bad idea,android apps running beautifully & smoothly on windows hardware. I say,bring it on.
  • No, no, no
  • This would be the beginning of the end for windows phone. If I was a developer why would I create windows phone apps anymore especially since I could just make due with an android app that would works on windows phone?
  • Good job. Attach yourself to something with more viruses than a free hooker with a no condom policy.
  • I will get an iPhone before I get stuck with android again!
  • If this will happen, I am moving to Apple without hesitation. I bought my Windows Phone because I don't like android, Apple was too expensive for me an where was something different about WP, something unique.
    It won't make any sense to just kill WP's ecosystem by loading android's apps into it.
    As for myself, I am using 7.8(because I am still fine with 15 apps that I REALLY need). But my mom has WP8 and where are so many apps on it. In my opinion, lack of apps has decreased greatly. It's true that we lack my games, but it won't last forever (because WP is growing and will grow even more).
    Please Microsoft, if this rumor is true, do not do it. It will just ruin everything that you've achieved and trying to achieve with WP
  • No no no....there is no argument when it comes to app experience that windows phone is the best. Yes the apps are more on android but this also has its disadvantages. First, consumers get spoilt for choice and end up not even being able to pick many apps! I have tried android apps, but I must give it to windows phone apps for having the best experience, and still 100k apps In store is worthwhile as all the MAJOR apps are actually available e.g instagram, fb whatsapp, temple run etc...the rest do not give that much headlines.
  • If this will happen, I am moving to Apple without hesitation. I bought my Windows Phone because I don't like android, Apple was too expensive for me an where was something different about WP, something unique.
    It won't make any sense to just kill WP's ecosystem by loading android's apps into it.
    As for myself, I am using 7.8(because I am still fine with 15 apps that I REALLY need). But my mom has WP8 and where are so many apps on it. In my opinion, lack of apps has decreased greatly. It's true that we lack my games, but it won't last forever (because WP is growing and will grow even more).
    Please Microsoft, if this rumor is true, do not do it. It will just ruin everything that you've achieved and trying to achieve with WP
  • NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NOOOOOOOOOOOO!
  • This will just make me go back to iPhones.
  • My take on this rumor/news is that it could effectively work. What makes Android or even iOS so "great?" Basically their app ecosystem is a huge part of that. If Windows Phone Apple and Android all had the same equal amount of apps I am willing to bet that Windows Phone would indeed be the most popular platform or maybe a very close second. The OS experience to me outclasses rival platforms on just a pure user experience category. Just my opinion. I know a lot of people don't like the live tile look and the inability to set custom backgrounds or have custom roms and skins and all that other crap, but to me WP is the perfect balance of customization, fluidity, and visual aesthetics. And if we really had the app ecosystem and fame support as other rivals, what other argument would the have to leverage against WP? I don't think there would be much. If Microsoft can pull this off as a short term goal while getting developers to build pure WP apps for the platform I believe this would really put the choke hold on Android so to speak. Having all those hundreds of thousands of aps would buy us all the time in the world to build world class, premium WP apps exclusive to our platform. Go for it Microsoft. Shut up the doubters and naysayers all at once and continue to make WP great in the meantime.
  • Don't do it MS......No...Just.....NO!
  • I can't understand how Microsoft is going to enable android apps to run on their platform while most of the android apps are havily using the google mobile services (GMS) which means that Microsoft will have to pay google 75 cent for every activated device and these apps will use google services instead of Microsoft's so, I don't think that we will ever see android apps on wp
  • I hope to God this is nothing more than an unsubstantiated rumor as it would be the end of Windows Phone.
  • Hell no!
  • Honestly fix your own problems Microsoft. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • WHY DID MICROSOFT LOSE THERE DEVELOPERS youtube link           /watch?v=yBDzTahXrbg Microsoft bankrupt 400 small developerteams with 2 to 7 in each team and leak there games to the internet,some reports over 700000 downloads wicth thay can not find in the windows store reports, even there add provider are reporting users beyound what microsoft have from 2010 to 2012 , and block some of us from the store and apphub so microsoft coud drive the force of there xboxlive games for windows phone so i woud ask you all ?  WE ALL THINK THAT  microsoft SHOUD apologize to there developers ,  so we can move one and give the indie developers a fair chance on there marketplace, as this has not be the case i think with the new CEO microsoft need to come clean and here is an antritrust case here to.. and now you will see the antitrust case number 2 the volume rocker on all microsoft phones is not working well but hey now it is working microsoft has fixed the problem as we have see here on wpcentral and that is an antitrustcase here ,, pendora music,spotify music thay are big companyes but now i works microsoft has released xbox music for phones   UPS.. this is not good  So why is there no apps on windows phone , pehaps wpcentral shoud ask microsoft what happen with steven sinofsky, and his team Brandon Wactson wicth talk in my video you can here.. we have a spicial tool to collect therse data from the cloud and internet,, and now we are putting these data together for all those bankrupted people ,, it will be a great year for microsoft 2014 is the year where microsoft will be exposed to the people and what thay have done ,, and will be exposed to phone records, video sms and mails from microsoft employes to developers and to the people that are in charge today did you know manny of these developers are now helping goverments all over EU to face out microsoft software by 2014 8 contry has faces out microsoft technoly,, so thay will lose around 50% of there interprise bussiness do the right thing Microsoft before it is to late and i hope you at wpcentral gonna ask microsoft on these things, let talk about this let get out of the way, come clean ever sens 2012 it has cost microsoft 15 billion dollars to do the phone,tablets,and windows pc and no one will buy.. and we are ready again microsoft what ever product you put out there even an android phone we are putting the data together her , make no mistake about that,, WE HAVE THE TOOL THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE,, SIITTING AT THE BACKBONE OF THE INTERNET,, ALL OF US HAS IT wpcentral allso have to report the bad things about microsoft, or it only on the verge you can read about this it works both ways,, if you whant a better product,, you complain and that is the role of wpcentral wpcentral are you still running all these porn site ,, you see we have the data on all of you..   Michael Hansen      
  • What is the Rum-O-Meter on this one? Since it is not listed at all, I would assume this is not even worth be called a "rumor"?
  • If this is something MSFT thinks about doing. They can definitely pull the plug out of WP. I will be the first to dismiss my phone. Why not start supporting the developers. Start a campaign were you pay them to write the top ranking apps. Allowing Android apps to run on top of WP is the worst idea ever and the end of WP.
  • One app to solve all of this....... BLUESTACKS!!!!!
  • Would this be so terrible? This may allow them to gain traction in mobile and make MS devices more attractive. I wouldn't trade my Surface for a Galaxy Tab. But, my Surface is immediately nicer with access to tons of new android software. Same for my WinPhone.
  • It wouldn't make any sense for Microsoft to do it especially now with everyone getting excited over WP8.1 and them about to mege WP and RT. Besides, doing it would give the public the perception that they're giving up on mobile. And perception is reality. I give it a 2 on the Rumor-meter.
  • Well if this happens the i guess Nokia should develop an android phone or give us ability to install Linux or etc like windows phone
  • If Microsoft allowed wp to run android apps, devs would think for no more making apps for wp and.. It's the end for wp. Just look at bb10, jolla, tizen, firefox and how much Mobile OS that running an