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.