Why PORTING Android apps is better than RUNNING Android apps on Windows 10 Phones.
As we are less than a day from the kickoff of Microsoft’s annual Build 2015 event in San Francisco.
We are hearing a couple of conflicting reports about Android on Windows 10 from TheVerge’s Tom Warren and long time Microsoftie Paul Thurrott.
The latter if true will spell definite doom for the Windows 10 ecosystem (especially Mobile).
If Tom Warren is right and Microsoft does introduce new Dev tools to make it real easy to port your Android apps to Windows 10, then I believe this is what everyone wanted.
Over the last few months, we have seen apps being pulled form the Windows Phone store either due to lack of use (few users) or lack of revenue to sustain these apps.
According to the latest stats, there are 6 million Windows Phone users in the US, now compare that to iPhone’s 170 million users, yikes!
So it makes sense for Android/iOS developers to feel discouraged to bringing their apps to Windows Phone, there’s just not enough incentive to do so. Now imagine if they could port it over to Windows Phone with minimal effort, with nothing to lose really. Now you’re talking.
Companies like SnapChat can easily port their Android app to Windows Phone without the need to hire Windows Phone devs. Doesn’t this sound like the most logical thing to do, it will surely fix the app gap while also preserving the Windows Phone’s native app design.
Now if Microsoft made the mistake of allowing Android apps to run on Windows Phone, that is taking the .apk of any Android app and simply installing it right on a Windows Phone (remember BlackBerry). This is surely bring about the swift demise of Windows Phone. Running SnapChat’s Android app on Windows Phone? You might as well buy an Android Phone. Because running Android apps (designed for Android) straight on Windows Phone will eventually make your Windows Phone look like an Android shell. This is not good and I hope this isn’t what Microsoft’s planning on doing.
Porting Android apps easily is the solution, in this scenario, Devs can redesign their Android apps to the Windows Phone look, feel and then porting this to Windows Phone.
This will preserve the unique design of Windows Phone while at the same time bringing more Android apps to the platform at very little cost to the Devs.
If Tom Warren’s sources are right, it will be interesting to see just how Microsoft plans on achieving this.