Under the leadership of Satya Nadella, Microsoft has become an
ally of the open-source community.
Microsoft is a huge contributor to open source projects like
Chromium and Github, and the tech giant now wants to take
things further by allowing Android to work better with next-gen
Like Chromium, which is also maintained by Google, anyone can
take Android source code and make their own version of Android.
Nokia created its own “X” platform based on Android and Amazon
has also created its own version of Android using the Android
Open Source Project (AOSP) code.
Historically, Microsoft has been involved in Android’s
development. In more recent years, the Windows-maker has
become an ally of Android and Microsoft has published several
useful apps for the mobile platform.
The open-source champion Microsoft is now actively contributing
to the development of Android.
Since summer, Microsoft has made more than 80 code
commits to the Android platform and it’s actively making
changes to Android to enable better integration with next-gen
On November 25, Microsoft confirmed that it’s working on
“Obscured Regions API” for Android.
“The Obscured Regions API adds information about regions of the
display that has been obscured by other tasks or system UI. The
API will allow the developer to re-flow the experience into the
visible regions. For example, a Launcher might animate its
bottom drawer to the un-obscured are to allow the user to
launch another application,” Microsoft noted.
Likewise, Microsoft is adding more Android developers/engineers
to the internal team working on Surface Duo, Surface Duo 2 and
Linux is also pretty much inside of Windows now as part of
‘Windows Subsystem for Linux’ and Microsoft is also believed to
be working on
Android subsystem for Windows 10. Not to mention, Microsoft
has numerous job openings for Android developers on LinkedIn.