10-12-2014 09:32 PM
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  1. Samy Ibrahim's Avatar
    Why Microsoft not allow WP user to install android apk file in their phone?
    it will improve they market share as many people didn't buy the WP due to it's missing alot of app and games and please note that many companies make they app for android and iPhone even windows PC but they didn't want to make version for WP.
    Thanks. And sorry for my bad English.๐Ÿ˜Š
    10-06-2014 06:51 AM
  2. salmanahmad's Avatar
    Your English isn't bad.

    The whole idea of getting Android apps to earn marketshare isn't a silver bullet, it'll be a frustration that may force existing Windows Phone users back to Android.

    If a Windows Phone user doesn't have an app, he'll learn to deal with it. But the frustration that would come with downloading an .apk, updating it manually every few days and the crashes that would come with the apps being unoptimised.

    On the other hand if Microsoft allowed an Amazon App Store or some of the other stores that have .apks, that could be a better move.
  3. someone2639's Avatar
    It is possible, but Microsoft doesn't do it to avoid lawsuits against Google.
    10-06-2014 06:56 AM
  4. bijak_riyandi's Avatar
    BlackBerry thought the same as you do and see where they are now
    10-06-2014 07:03 AM
  5. someone2639's Avatar
    At the bottom?
    10-06-2014 07:04 AM
  6. salmanahmad's Avatar
    Your English isn't bad.

    The whole idea of getting Android apps to earn marketshare isn't a silver bullet, it'll be a frustration that may force existing Windows Phone users back to Android.

    If a Windows Phone user doesn't have an app, he'll learn to deal with it. But the frustration that would come with downloading an .apk, updating it manually every few days and the crashes that would come with the apps being unoptimised.

    On the other hand if Microsoft allowed an Amazon App Store or some of the other stores that have .apks, that could be a better move.
    10-06-2014 07:15 AM
  7. tgp's Avatar
    There were actually rumors of WP running Android apps awhile ago, but they turned out to be just that, rumors.

    They can look to BlackBerry as an example, although I doubt whether the decision to run Android apps is the reason they are where they are now. In fact, it could have slowed the fall, but we don't know one way or the other.

    For WP, I don't think it would be a good decision. Because of OS restrictions, a lot of the apps wouldn't have worked properly anyways (at least pre WP8.1), compromising the experience.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    10-06-2014 07:55 AM
  8. LTTG's Avatar
    At first I really didn't want Windows Phone to run Android apps, but now after seeing the lack of quality+updates, I really want that to happen.
    10-06-2014 07:58 AM
  9. Soulstream's Avatar
    We can use BB as an example and having the ability to run Android apps hasn't actually gained them any new marketshare. It's more of a way to make existing users not leave.
    10-06-2014 09:51 AM
  10. jmshub's Avatar
    Having Windows Phone run Android apps won't guarantee that Android apps will run well. The performance could be poor, or there could be APIs that Microsoft cannot use that Android apps require. But if Microsoft were to allow Android apps to run on Windows Phone, why would any app developer bother to write an app for Windows Phone? That would be the worst thing that could happen to Windows Phone.
    Toan Le likes this.
    10-06-2014 10:01 AM
  11. rodan01's Avatar
    The Amazon store would be great for WP.

    BlackBerry Passport is the first phone with the Amazon store pre-installed, and It's doing quite well in sales.

    BlackBerry sold 2.4 million of units to end users in the last quarter, that's not bad at all compared with WP. They could take #3 in a couple of quarters if they grow more.
    10-06-2014 12:38 PM
  12. LockOnTech's Avatar
    There were actually rumors of WP running Android apps awhile ago, but they turned out to be just that, rumors.

    They can look to BlackBerry as an example, although I doubt whether the decision to run Android apps is the reason they are where they are now. In fact, it could have slowed the fall, but we don't know one way or the other.

    For WP, I don't think it would be a good decision. Because of OS restrictions, a lot of the apps wouldn't have worked properly anyways (at least pre WP8.1), compromising the experience.
    I remember reading about it here on another thread a while back, probably during summertime; only thing i remembered it made alot of members on here very angry and upset, with some other members agree to it as well.

    Heading over to crackberry and a handful of member mentioned about application stability issues of those running blackberry 10 with apps for android apk. I can only think that microsoft maybe doing something about bringing more good applications to windows phone.
    10-06-2014 12:44 PM
  13. pgg101's Avatar

    Heading over to crackberry and a handful of member mentioned about application stability issues of those running blackberry 10 with apps for android apk. I can only think that microsoft maybe doing something about bringing more good applications to windows phone.
    The 10.3.x updates really improves the Android runtime. The upgrade from jellybean 4.2 to 4.3 runtime really has fixed the delay in some key apps. I did a side by side start up of Showbox on my 10.3 against my wife's 10.2.1, and it loaded up really fast.

    The purist are a strange group. If you can get a decent selection of native apps, a great email hub, and the only drawback is some android apps to fill in the gaps, then what's the big deal?

    Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android on a BlackBerry Z30
    humanhowever and xtremez like this.
    10-06-2014 05:49 PM
  14. ShinraCorp's Avatar
    Because I don't want some errant JAVA app ruining my phone for goodness sakes!
    10-06-2014 08:01 PM
  15. peacefulberry's Avatar
    Personally I don't think running android apps will make msft any more desirable because if ppl wanted an android device they'll just get one. If you use BlackBerry as an example, then you know that android apps don't run the same on a BB device as they do on an Android device. I think Microsoft is better off bringing quality apps.
    10-06-2014 08:23 PM
  16. PepperdotNet's Avatar
    I can count the number of android apps I want to run on one finger. And I already have that one running in BlueStacks on my Surface Pro 3 so it's really redundant.
    10-06-2014 08:48 PM
  17. rodan01's Avatar
    I need a few apps that aren't coming to the platform, for example Candy Crush, my bank's app, government apps, local newspapers apps, etc.. The Amazon store would solve most of my needs.

    Now BlackBerry has better apps than WP, I would be worried.
    humanhowever likes this.
    10-07-2014 01:06 AM
  18. nicfromwales's Avatar
    I need a few apps that aren't coming to the platform, for example Candy Crush, my bank's app, government apps, local newspapers apps, etc.. The Amazon store would solve most of my needs.

    Now BlackBerry has better apps than WP, I would be worried.
    I'd be more worried if Android apps came to Windows phones, as developers would abandon the platform. If you "need" those apps, stop undermining the OS.
    SammyD97 likes this.
    10-07-2014 01:36 AM
  19. iamtim's Avatar
    While running Android apps on WP might be great for the WP user, it would be a horrible business decision for Microsoft. It wouldn't draw Android users away from Android, and it certainly wouldn't influence developers to develop apps for WP.
    10-07-2014 09:09 AM
  20. radmanvr's Avatar
    inb4 op gonna get flamed
    10-07-2014 09:31 AM
  21. neo158's Avatar
    The 10.3.x updates really improves the Android runtime. The upgrade from jellybean 4.2 to 4.3 runtime really has fixed the delay in some key apps. I did a side by side start up of Showbox on my 10.3 against my wife's 10.2.1, and it loaded up really fast.

    The purist are a strange group. If you can get a decent selection of native apps, a great email hub, and the only drawback is some android apps to fill in the gaps, then what's the big deal?

    Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android on a BlackBerry Z30
    The only compelling reason to have Android apps on WP would be to run Google Apps on WP but since the Android runtime on Blackberry doesn't support the Google Services Framework and I doubt it would on WP what would be the point when about 90-99% of the most popular apps are on WP anyway:

    Facebook
    Facebook Messenger
    Twitter
    LinkedIn
    Foursquare
    Swarm
    Instagram
    Vine
    Uber
    Pinterest
    Flipboard

    Those are just a few of them on Windows Phone so using Android apps would be a desperation move for Microsoft, like it is for Blackberry. It takes time to build up an ecosystem, Android and iOS didn't have millions of apps overnight. Microsoft are doing the right thing by getting the apps on board as native apps in most cases and not resorting to methods that would see developers abandon the platform.
    jmshub and RJ Priest like this.
    10-07-2014 10:17 AM
  22. Samy Ibrahim's Avatar
    I can count the number of android apps I want to run on one finger. And I already have that one running in BlueStacks on my Surface Pro 3 so it's really redundant.
    I think that will be nice if we have BlueStacks running in WP as it working fine in my laptop but I asked them and they not interested in this time to make version for WP
    10-07-2014 10:46 AM
  23. Samy Ibrahim's Avatar
    Facebook not having voice calls
    Viber not having video call
    There is no MagicJack app for WP
    ....ext
    10-07-2014 10:52 AM
  24. SammyD97's Avatar
    I need a few apps that aren't coming to the platform, for example Candy Crush, my bank's app, government apps, local newspapers apps, etc.. The Amazon store would solve most of my needs.

    Now BlackBerry has better apps than WP, I would be worried.
    You "need" Candy Crush? The only thing I'm missing my bank's app but its not a deal breaker.
    10-07-2014 11:09 AM
  25. SammyD97's Avatar
    Facebook not having voice calls
    Viber not having video call
    There is no MagicJack app for WP
    ....ext
    I can wait. I don't mind as long as we have native apps. If we did get Android apps I wouldn't use even one of them.
    10-07-2014 11:15 AM
  26. colinkiama's Avatar
    The only compelling reason to have Android apps on WP would be to run Google Apps on WP but since the Android runtime on Blackberry doesn't support the Google Services Framework and I doubt it would on WP what would be the point when about 90-99% of the most popular apps are on WP anyway:

    Facebook
    Facebook Messenger
    Twitter
    LinkedIn
    Foursquare
    Swarm
    Instagram
    Vine
    Uber
    Pinterest
    Flipboard

    Those are just a few of them on Windows Phone so using Android apps would be a desperation move for Microsoft, like it is for Blackberry. It takes time to build up an ecosystem, Android and iOS didn't have millions of apps overnight. Microsoft are doing the right thing by getting the apps on board as native apps in most cases and not resorting to methods that would see developers abandon the platform.
    What we are missing are :
    Snapchat
    Official YouTube
    Candy Crush
    Clash of clans and then I think that's the most needed apps done already. WP has come a really long way.
    10-07-2014 12:52 PM
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