At Microsofts yearly developer conference, Build this April; they announced two interesting projects or bridges as they call them: Project Astoria and Project Islandwood. These bridges are intended for getting apps created for other platforms, namely Android and iOS to run on Windows 10.
Project Astoria contains a whole Android sub-system and will in its first rendition only be available on Windows 10 Mobile; which means phones and phablets only. Sorry desktop users.
In the latest builds of Windows 10 Mobile released through the Insider Preview Program the Android sub-system has been reportedly been a part of that package. Many pictures of developers and enthusiasts analyzing files and namespace have circulated on Twitter, and earlier today tools and documentation leaked for Project Astoria; making it so that some of us with supported phones can sideload Android apps onto our device.
Project Astoria currently works on a small set of phones, but it has been theorized that the next build of W10M will open up for a lot more devices. The current list of supported phones:
- Nokia Lumia 920
- Nokia Lumia 925
- Nokia Lumia 929 / Verizon Icon
- Nokia Lumia 830
- Nokia Lumia 930
- Nokia Lumia 1520
- Nokia Lumia 635 (1GB RAM variant)
- Nokia Lumia 730
- Nokia Lumia 820
- Nokia Lumia 435
- Nokia Lumia 928
Unfortunately the new Lumia 640 and 640 XL aren’t supported which happens to be phones I have access to here while travelling so I have no way of testing, verifiyng or uploading a video to show of the features. I will make a video in a few days when I’m back home so be sure to check back for more detailed information.
In case you have a supported phone and want to test it out, you can head on to Neowin and check out their installation process, but beware, it can end up badly (well, hard reset badly) for the phone.