Monday 4 February 2013

Window Apps to run on Android, Wine for Android coming soon

Window Apps to run on Android,  Wine for Android coming soon
Courtesy Phoronix
We can run Android on Windows through  BlueStacks and WindowsAndroid, YouWave and other applications but we can't run Windows Apps on Android as of yet.  But Mr.Alexandre Julliard doesn't think so.   He has a answer for running Windows applications on Android in not so distant future.

He alongwith CodeWeavers are developing a new software called Wine which will run Windows apps on Android.  As of now the Wine is used to port Windows applications on Linux and other non Microsoft platforms.  Mr.Julliard gave a brief demo of Wine at FOSDEM, the conference for Free Open Source Software Development, at Brussels.

As reported on Phoronix website, the performance was horrendously slow.  Mr.Julliard attributed these problems to the Android environment emulated rather than showing off the software’s implementation from a bare metal device. CodeWeavers, who employ Julliard, develops cross-platform apps and found success with their Wine-based CrossOver commercial software for Linux and Apple OS X.

The website also stated that CodeWeavers is hopeful for the success of Intel x86 Atom CPUs for tablets, which will then allow faster development of Wine for Android.   If Android gains traction on x86-based tablets that  would give the developers much needed boost for commercially developing the running of Windows software on Android.

The other software for porting Windows games on Android called Winulator is still in embryo stage and therefore Wine would allow Android users the a real chance to get best Windows apps out of their device provided it is commercially viable to CodeWeavers and other developers.

Read the full story by clicking the Phoronix hyperlink above. I will post any further development of this news.

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Vijay Prabhu

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