We reported yesterday that long time Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott very clearly stated he believed Android apps would be coming to Windows Phone, saying:
Microsoft will most likely announce this week that it will enable customers to run Android apps on their Windows 10 phones, tablets and PCs
His statement is unsourced, and we assume based on insider information, and follows on numerous rumours over the last year that Microsoft is working on bringing Android apps to Windows.
Now however the Verge’s own Microsoft expert Tom Warren has chimed in pouring some cold water onto the rumour.
Windows fans, stop freaking out about “Android apps on Windows 10.” It’s not exactly what you think. All will be explained tomorrow.
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) April 29, 2015
Most are assuming that this means Microsoft intends to unveil tools at BUILD that makes porting Android apps to Windows 10 a lot easier. If this is the case the impact, for good or ill, will likely be limited, but could mean we see an influx of smaller apps into the Windows store. For larger developers the support costs for adding a new platform will likely still outweigh the revenue potential.
The issue should be clarified at BUILD today, though if we hear nothing it could still be announced tomorrow, as Microsoft has said that the keynotes on both days will contain new announcements.
Would our readers prefer a new porting tool move, or is the more radical move of making Windows Android compatible the ultimate answer? Let us know below.