The long-standing problem that has plagued Windows Phone and now Windows 8 is lack of apps. In the past year we have seen both platforms make great strides in filling the “app gap,” but there is still much work to be done. One platform that isn’t struggling with app support is Android. Blackberry once tried to put Android apps on their phones to solve the app problem, and now it looks like Microsoft may be considering something similar.
The Verge is reporting that Microsoft is seriously considering the addition of Android apps to Windows Phone and Windows. Some people inside Microsoft favor the idea, while others think it will lead to the death of Windows. Companies like Intel and BlueStacks have tried bringing Android and Windows together in the past to no avail.
At this time it is unclear how Microsoft would enable such a thing. The idea is still very much up in the air. This could potentially be Satya Nadella’s first big decision as Microsoft CEO. There is a lot of evidence from companies who have tried similar things in the past. It would be hard for us to see Microsoft trying to go against the failures of companies before them.
What do you think? Android is the most popular mobile OS right now, but Windows Phone is the fastest growing OS. The Windows Store probably needs more apps than the Windows Phone Store, but then again users on Windows have access to many more desktop apps. Is Android the solution we’ve been waiting for?