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Poll: Do you think Centaurus needs Android apps to be successful?

Centaurus is the rumored device we're all very interested in. It's a new form factor for Windows, featuring a dual-screen design and a new user experience to match. Also rumored is the ability to run Android apps, which has been of much discussion in the community following this project closely.

There are, as always, two sides to the possibility of Android apps being part of the Centaurus experience. On one side, there's the people who think this is an excellent idea. The more apps, the better, after all. But on the other side, there's people who think this is a terrible idea, as most Android apps aren't designed for the PC form factor, and could also deter developers from building native Windows apps in the future.

So we want to know what you think, and you can tell us by answering our poll. Does Centaurus need Android apps to succeed, or will it do just fine without? Let us know in our poll, then expand further in the comments. I personally don't think Android apps are a requirement for Centaurus, as I can't see myself needing any that exist. But everyone has differing needs.

Centaurus is rumored to be announced on October 2, but isn't expected to start shipping until sometime in 2020. Are you interested in the idea of a dual-screen foldable PC running Windows? Let us know.

Zac Bowden
Zac Bowden

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

36 Comments
  • No. Running the competition's apps is never a good idea. See OS/2. Besides, Android apps are bad enough on Android tablets. They would only be worse on a Windows tablet. What it really needs is native apps. If it's main selling point is that it can run Win32, then its just another Windows laptop.
  • Are Android Applications completion though? It's open source. It's like supporting Flash, which is third party, in Internet Explorer when Microsofts equivalent solution is Silverlight. It's like supporting Open GL while also having Direct X ; or switching Edge HTML to Edge Chromium. It would be just embracing open source.
  • "completion" meant "competition". Ugh
  • Agreed. For folks who want Android. Fine. Go buy an Alphabet manufactured device. There’s no way MS can run Android in emulation better than Alphabet can. PWAs, Win32, and Universal apps are all we need.
  • I'm intrigued with this device and will look at it seriously once it's available. But I hope it doesn't line itself with anything Android. For those who wants that great. But if it runs Android apps it won't be a device for me.
  • If it's not to expensive I'll pick one up as a companion to my surface laptop! It's already good to have a novelty device. Never know how much it's fetch on ebay once it ages like atari.
  • I don't think it needs android apps, but MS will have to put way more effort into it, than they did Windows 10 Mobile. My point is, developers need to see that MS is serious about this new form factor and commit to planning a long-term future for it. This will mean, exploring new ways such a device can be used and improving on some old ones. More like, improving on their own touch UI for touch devices, specifically tablet. If this device is going to succeed, it will need those improvements.
  • Yeah I hope LiteOS touch ui will have useful gestures etc and especially smoother switch app transitions/animations.
  • It doesn't need it, but it's certainly not going to hurt it. And given the rumoured design of the device, it really lends itself to the whole "app" experience, moreso than a traditional desktop experience.
  • Lack of apps is the biggest reason why I will probably never buy a Windows PC again. I just can’t use it for any of the things I do. None of the games I play are on Windows, and neither are any of the big business apps.
  • I think you are confusing iOS with Android here, I cannot see how Android games are better than Steam/Gog ones even if you have to look a bit for full touch support (there are curators though that only list touchscreen games).
  • No way Windows touch screen games even come close to the options on Android. Are any of the popular mobile games still supported on Windows?
  • Some of them yeah like xcom from firaxes etc, they also often have the benefit that they don't include ingame currency / grinding. Some of them are replaced by pc only titles which by chance support touch (but if it works than it works).
  • So that is a no.
  • No. The Surface Go is a success without Android apps, don't see why this couldn't be. It does need to run win32 apps though, as well as need devs to get up off their ass and start taking web apps seriously. Microsoft needs this device to work intuitively and create software that works with the device to meet the needs of the customer. It needs to be light and easily portable, it needs to not be too expensive for what it is and it needs pen support. The only thing Android apps would be useful for is banking apps and the occasional app here and there.
  • Surface Go is just a laptop with removable keyboard. No risk there.
  • The Go is a tablet-first device considering its screen size/weight. Granted a good cover helps when you e.g. quickly want to write longer emails (but same applies to other tablets) but in most of the cases I think Surface Go user in general use touch more than the keyboard/touchpad.
  • It is still a laptop with a removable keyboard. You don't own one without the keyboard.
  • They just have to nail inking and bundling surface pen is part of that.
    When I imagine a device like Centaurus, I see a mobile Surface Hub. Collaboration on the go. At the same time it's a personal diary. So, good first party support like OneNote, Whiteboard even Freshpaint and more Centaurus focused apps encouraging users to use its form factor, at the launch followed by more 3rd party apps along the similar lines, and good Web apps support to get things done. Having such a unique form factor, the apps are the ones who are going to justify it. [Just like Hub and Hololens]
  • No, it would be nice but not necessary, it has never ever crossed my mind to install an Android App on my laptop, first mobile games are mostly garbage and for the Apps I either use the browser or an App from the store, even if I used an Android App that I can't find on PC I would just use it on my phone and if I really needed it on PC I would just install Bluestack.
  • What it will need is serious support from Microsoft, and not be left to wither and die. RT, Band, Zune, and Phone experiences don't leave me with high hopes.
  • But I have hopes because it comes under surface branding
  • Yeah, unless it can replace my **** box Android phone and take me back to a Windows mobile environment I can't see any use for it. It needs to be a foldable phone NOT a PC. What for? Mobile, mobile, mobile, mobile, mobile, mobile - ******* Windows OS for God's sake as Android is *****, and Apple can kiss my hairy brown arse.
  • Agreed, Andromeda would have been the device for me. This one, seems like a Surface go with a hing. What's the point of folding it if you can't put it in your pocket. The go is small enough already. I can see less a selling point for this over Andromeda.
  • Clearly your pockets are too small.
  • I can see this working with a small shoulder bag or sleeve with a shoulder strap, not as portable as a pocket device but still more compact than an ultrabook or surface pro (somewhat comparable unfolded screen size).
  • Android apps are numerous but since getting a flagship Android phone I have never used a phone less. Windows OS is/was perfect, just needed to be worked on.
  • If it was perfect why would it need to be worked on?
  • Might not be a bad idea for LiteOS in general if they have strict rules (quality, privacy and also no dependence on google play services etc) but since the interface & ink features etc would clash it needs to be separated clearly from windows apps I think. So I could imagine a seperate tab in the Windows Store for Android apps and let Android apps show further down in search results so they act more like a last resort (e.g. banking apps that otherwise are missed).
  • Wow, as of this time, the polls are split down the middle, I think they might need some apps from android for now, but when the OS becomes mature and devs are building native, then we will see a great change.
  • It needs to be treated as the mobile device by the service providers, e.g. Amazon allows reading periodicals in Kindle for iOS/Android, but not in Kindle for Windows. Vudu allows ad-supported contents in the Android app, but not in the Windows one. I am sure there are more examples. So, if "Android apps" means that I can read my Wired or Better Homes & Gardens issue on this device than yes, I need them. OTOH, Kindle for Android, running on the BlueStacks *does not* allow me to read my periodicals -- and this is the kind of the support I do not need. As posed, the poll question does not contain enough information for me to answer it one way or another.
  • In ten years we’re all going to be laughing about the “apps” craze.
  • I am not sure why you need ten years... you can grab, say Lumia 650, and start laughing now.
  • We will still have apps, they will just be web apps. Google created Stadia and PWA for a reason. Everything will eventually be in the cloud. We will be laughing at proprietary operating systems in general.
  • Maybe they should just use Android for this device. Cut out the useless middleman.
  • I think I'm interested in a dual screen windows device. I think Courier is still the hero model. I think Microsoft will make great hardware, just like Surface. But at this point windows 10 in its current form is not a good user interface. Nor do I think windows 10 lite either. It's too much pc, not enough tablet UI and touch and pen centric. I think it would be great that windows 10 would support android apps, provided they are not all rendered through a virtual machine only and that developers are incentivised, from the start, to support their apps for pc screens and several native windows 10 apis.