Sunday 22 September 2019

Microsoft's Android app support may be on hold


Emma Clark

Microsoft's Project Astoria, its codename for its Android app porting, appears to have been put on hold indefinitely with its focus shifting to iOS instead.

Back in April, Microsoft announced that developers would be able to run reworked Android and iOS apps on Windows. Recent reports suggest that the company’s Android emulation has been put on hold.

Windows Central reports that Microsoft’s Project Astoria, the codename for its Android app porting, has been put on hold indefinitely. Its sources say that the project may even be shelved completely.

Microsoft is yet to state that the project is cancelled, but there are worrying signs. The company is no longer talking about the project, it is not responding to questions on the Project Astoria forums, and recent Windows 10 Mobile Insider builds have had the Android subsystem removed.

Instead, the focus appears to be on its iOS bridge. A Microsoft spokesperson said, “We're committed to offering developers many options to bring their apps to the Windows Platform, including bridges available now for Web and iOS, and soon Win32.”

They added that the Astoria bridge “is not ready yet” before outlining the other options available to developers. There is some reading between the lines to be done here, but it looks ominous for Project Astoria.

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