Windows Apps Coming To Intel Powered Android Devices
Even though Android OS has a pretty massive marketplace and all kinds of apps on it, there still are some of them only available to Windows users via Microsoft Store. That exclusivity however is no more because pretty soon, Android users will be able to run Windows apps with full functionality on their devices thanks to CrossOver and Wine.
Wine is an open source Windows compatibility layer that allows Windows apps to run on other operating systems while CrossOver is a custom made commercially available version of it made by CodeWeavers. Linux and Mac users have been benefiting from these tools for a while now to emulate Windows environment on their devices. Since Android is also Linux based, it’s high time this functionality was made available on it as well.
There is however a catch, CrossOver and Wine only function on Intel’s x86 and x64 chipsets which means a vast majority of Android devices won’t be compatible due to the fact that they are on ARM CPU architecture which makes it impossible to run x86 code.
Another issue is that even if the Android device is Intel powered, there is no guarantee that it will be able to run every Windows app although most of the must-have apps are compatible. The full list of these apps can be seen here.
Another drawback to take into consideration is that many Windows apps are not optimized for touchscreen devices as of yet. Nevertheless, running apps such as Ableton Live on an Android smartphone or tablet will certainly be a nice feature to have, especially since many of the big-name Windows developers are starting to make apps that don’t need a mouse and a keyboard to work as desired.
The first preview of CrossOver for Android devices will launch by the end of the year. Interested users can sign up here to follow its development as well as sign up for the preview.