Project Astoria tools get updated to support Windows 10 Mobile Build 10536


Just yesterday, Microsoft released Windows 10 Mobile Build 10536 to Insiders. The latest build of Windows 10 Mobile includes some minor improvements and brings a lot of bug fixes. Unfortunately though, Project Astoria apps don’t work on Build 10536 if you used the recently leaked tools to install the Android apps on your Windows 10 Mobile device.

According to one of our sources, Microsoft added some new composition APIs with build 10536.1004 which added a new PreviewUIComposition flag to APPX manifest of Android apps — this means, if you install Android apps without this flag, the apps will fail to run on Build 10536.

Thankfully though, Microsoft has released a new update for the wconnect tool to a selected group of developers who are part of the Windows Bridge for Android testing program. I’ve tried out the updated tool and installed some Android apps using those tool — as expected, the Android apps work perfectly if you install using the updated tool.


For those wondering, the latest version of the wconnect.exe tool is version 201509032256.2.

It’s worth noting that installing Android apps using APKs downloaded from third-party sites may be illegal based on your region (even if the apps are available for free), and if you don’t succeed to install the apps properly, your phone may get damaged too. In other words, we don’t recommend installing Android apps on your Windows 10 Mobile using the leaked tools just yet, so wait for the official release of Project Astoria (which could happen soon).

Editor’s note: We won’t be providing the updated Project Astoria tools, so please don’t ask for download links in the comment section below. 

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