tech2 News StaffFeb 13, 2014 09:37:32 IST
Microsoft might officially hate Google, but it seems that isn't enough to stop the company to consider letting Android apps run on Windows as well.
According to a report on The Verge, which quotes company sources, "Microsoft is considering allowing Android apps to run on both Windows and Windows Phone."
The report adds, "it's still early, we’re told that some inside Microsoft favour the idea of simply enabling Android apps inside its Windows and Windows Phone Stores, while others believe it could lead to the death of the Windows platform altogether."
The rumours come amid reports that Nokia, which Microsoft recently bought over, is also likely to launch an Android smartphone before the deal is closed.
For Microsoft, to bring Android apps to Windows Phone 8 and Windows does sound like a tough decision to take. But there's no denying that where apps are concerned, Microsoft and Windows have a long way to catch up. Given that close to 80 percent of smartphones today run Android, with Apple's iOS being the second most used software, for app developers Android and iOS apps are the number one priority.
In fact Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 only recently got a Facebook app, Instagram, Flipboard to name a few. These are it should be noted some well-established older apps that have been around for quite a period.
If Microsoft does let Android apps run on Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, it could prove to be a big boost for the company, given how desperately it needs to get newer apps on board.
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