Yesterday we discussed everything there is to know about running iOS apps on Windows 10. As indicated previously, Microsoft released a similar porting tool to run Android apps on Windows 10. This tool is code-named Project Astoria. Astoria seems to be much simpler as compared to its iOS counterpart. Even before this announcement, and as early as Windows Phone 7, a good number of developers started porting Android apps to the Microsoft mobile environment. There are many forums dedicated solely to this purpose. However, nothing comes close to the newly announced Project Astoria in terms of simplicity and usability.
As is the case with Project Islandwood (the iOS porting tool), Astoria can be used to create universal Windows 10 apps. Ported Android apps on Windows 10 won’t be any different from other entities in the Windows Store, and users will be able to install / launch them with no extra effort.
As previously stated, it is very easy to run Android apps on Windows 10. With Astoria, some uncomplicated Android apps require close to no change before recompilation as Windows apps. Even in the most complex cases, the apps get compiled without the developer breaking a sweat.
Project Astoria isn’t all about creating mere clones of Android apps on Windows 10. The compiler enables developers to add Windows-specific functionality to their apps to get the most out of the OS. For example, you can add Cortana commands to your Android task manager (or at least allow Cortana to launch it from the lockscreen). You can also create custom live tiles, or play around with any other trademark features of Windows 10.
It goes without saying that Project Astoria has a publishing aspect to it as well. You can code, debug, compile, and publish your apps using this tool.
For now, Project A (another name for Astoria) is in closed beta. If you want an invite right now, Microsoft wants you to submit your APK for scrutiny. If your app is considered worthy, you will receive an invite to start porting Android apps on Windows 10. If you are an Android developer and want to give Astoria a try, apply for an invite by heading to the below link. Of course, the tool will be released publicly soon, in case you don’t get an invite.