Here’s how Windows 10 will run Android apps without Google Play Store

Windows 10 Android support

Microsoft’s Android apps project for Windows 10 is reportedly
codenamed “Latte” and it will use Windows Subsystem for Linux
as a compatibility layer. On top of Windows Subsystem for
Linux, Microsoft plans to use the Android subsystem to enable
native support for Android apps.

Windows Subsystem for Linux is required for running Linux
binary executables natively on Windows 10. Microsoft has also
enabled support for a real Linux kernel in Windows 10 to
facilitate advanced Linux experience, and now Android.

Android apps support for Windows 10 is likely to arrive in the
second half of 2021 as part of the major
Windows 10 21H2 upgrade.

Project Latte will allow developers to convert their Android
apps into MSIX format, which is a Windows-only package format
that provides a modern packaging experience.

As you may know already, anyone can take the Android Open
Source Project (AOSP) code and make their own version of
Android or can use it as the basis for their own services or
platforms.

Project Astoria
Project Astoria for Windows 10 Mobile

In this case, Microsoft is planning to take the Android
subsystem and Android Runtime to translate the app’s bytecode
into native apps for Windows 10.

Developers will be able to submit their converted MSIX package
in the Microsoft Store, but there’s a catch – the converted
apps will lack support for Google services.

Google services are very handy, but most apps don’t have to use
them. Android subsystem is enough to run all Google APIs
independent mobile apps and Microsoft might allow developers to
replace Google Maps, Gmail, Calendar, and other services
integration by its own products, such as Windows Maps and
Outlook.

If the top Microsoft leadership approves the project and it
meets the company’s internal expectations, Windows Store would
soon see Android apps available to run, alongside UWP, PWAs and
converted desktop apps.

However, apps sideloaded by users manually may not work
correctly. This is because Microsoft is using some kind of
compatibility layer and developers will be required to
recompile their apps using a ‘software solution’ offered by the
tech giant.

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