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Android app support for Windows 10 Mobile "not ready"

Android app support for Windows 10 Mobile "not ready"
Android app support for Windows 10 Mobile "not ready"
Rumors point to unexpected hurdles during development with no set date on when the project will be ready for prime time.

According to recent conversations through Windows Central, Microsoft's Project Astoria is not yet ready for a public launch and may be behind schedule. Microsoft announced the project as an emulator for Windows 10 smartphones to run Android applications from the Play market. The source went deeper into this promising concept and found that the project is moving slower than anticipated. Astoria software tools were never made openly accessible to developers and continues to be in internal testing through registered developers via a closed forum.

Furthermore, Microsoft has not officially begun hiring a dedicated team for Project Astoria claims Windows Central. The source believes that the project has been put on hold and the latest builds of Windows 10 Mobile have waived the Android subsystem entirely, which only adds fuel to the unfortunate rumor. Microsoft has been very quiet on the project and has not been discussing its progress with press.

When Project Astoria was announced, there was believed to be a team of 60 to 80 developers while Project Islandwood had about 5 developers. The latter deals with porting iOS applications to Windows 10 Mobile, which the source claims to be moving along much more smoothly in comparison to its Android counterpart. The current Facebook application for Windows 10, for example, appears to have been an iOS port.


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Andreas Müller/ Allen Ngo, 2015-11-19 (Update: 2015-11-19)