One of the big announcements for Windows 10 was the ability to run Android apps on the mobile version of the operating system. However, it looks like Microsoft has delayed the launch of the feature; and some are beginning to think that the codenamed Project Astoria has been killed for good.
Microsoft informed Recode that it is not going ahead with the project that was announced back in April. However, the representative did not offer an explanation as to what the statement means. This has lead to speculation that Redmond is reconsidering the option to allow Android apps to run on Windows 10 smartphones and tablets; especially when they will be unable to take advantage of Windows 10 features.
“The Astoria bridge is not ready yet, but other tools offer great options for developers,” Microsoft said in a statement. “We’re committed to offering developers many options to bring their apps to the Windows Platform.”
Allowing Android apps to run on a different mobile operating system comes with many risks. BlackBerry attempted this for many years, and it looks like the experiment failed to the point that the Canadian company simply decided to adopt Android for its own devices. The argument happens to be that developers are less likely to make native apps for an operating system if they can code for Android and have it work there as well.
However, while Project Astoria has been delayed for the moment, it looks like its sister project to bring iOS apps to Windows 10 Mobile is going ahead as planned. Possibly because the requirements to port iOS over requires a lot more work to integrate the app, instead of simply allowing it to run without any adjustments.