1. PG2connect's Avatar
    Is there a way to install Android/IOS apps in Blu Win hd LTE Windows 10?
    04-19-2019 12:53 AM
  2. ven07's Avatar
    Once upon a time yes. Now, nope.
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    04-19-2019 09:26 AM
  3. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    Unfortunately not. You would have to buy an Android phone.
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    04-19-2019 07:43 PM
  4. nate0's Avatar
    Is there a way to install Android/IOS apps in Blu Win hd LTE Windows 10?
    There are several firmware images for the 640 and 930 that have the astoria library and other files that allow certain Android apps to run, but it is not worth it to run pre-Nougat or possibly Nougat apps even if they are on a Windows device. Unless you are doing it just to see if you can do it or for some other reason. For the Blu phones with Windows there is no known way.
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    04-20-2019 07:34 PM
  5. PG2connect's Avatar
    Then how do people use Windows phone.. Only for calling and messaging
    04-22-2019 06:02 AM
  6. PG2connect's Avatar
    Thank you for your suggestion. I heard about that Honor's View 20..How was the 3D camera experience in that model.
    04-22-2019 06:06 AM
  7. PG2connect's Avatar
    Even we cannot install IOS apps in Windows...?
    Last edited by PG2connect; 04-22-2019 at 08:23 AM.
    04-22-2019 06:10 AM
  8. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Even we cannot install IOS apps in Windows...?
    Project Islandwood was created for that purpose but it never went anywhere except for the bloated abortion we knew as Facebook.
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    04-22-2019 07:01 PM
  9. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    Project Islandwood was created for that purpose but it never went anywhere except for the bloated abortion we knew as Facebook.
    Which ironically, is now no longer going to be supported on Windows Phone.

    Windows Phones only run Windows Phone apps. If your favourite app is on iOS or Android then you need an iPhone or Android device to use it.
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    04-26-2019 11:19 AM
  10. nate0's Avatar
    Which ironically, is now no longer going to be supported on Windows Phone.

    Windows Phones only run Windows Phone apps. If your favourite app is on iOS or Android then you need an iPhone or Android device to use it.
    Ya was all hype. If Apple or Google wanted to play that game they could do the same thing. One of those "what was Microsoft thinking exactly" moments. I mean did they really think they could get away with that? Really cool idea but did not last long.
    04-26-2019 02:23 PM
  11. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    Ya was all hype. If Apple or Google wanted to play that game they could do the same thing. One of those "what was Microsoft thinking exactly" moments. I mean did they really think they could get away with that? Really cool idea but did not last long.
    Sadly, MS seem to confuse trying with actually suceeding way too much.
    04-30-2019 10:07 AM
  12. nate0's Avatar
    Sadly, MS seem to confuse trying with actually suceeding way too much.
    I don't blame them for trying. I know what you are saying. Their philosophy has changed a lot since Satya took over. Maybe they need to be more deligent in how they weigh the costs of what they learn from trying something if they fail compared to the rewards on it if they succeed. That and the cost of RnD on stuff like that to keep it a float. We can only really hypothesize about what they were really doing.
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    04-30-2019 10:12 AM
  13. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    I don't blame them for trying. I know what you are saying. Their philosophy has changed a lot since Satya took over. Maybe they need to be more deligent in how they weigh the costs of what they learn from trying something if they fail compared to the rewards on it if they succeed. That and the cost of RnD on stuff like that to keep it a float. We can only really hypothesize about what they were really doing.
    You could argue that all their hardware failures and poor decisions actually helped them become a trillion dollar company.
    05-03-2019 10:50 AM
  14. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    Download the APK Deployment app.
    Run the app on your Windows 10 PC.
    Enable Developer Mode and Device discovery on your Windows 10 Mobile Device.
    Connect your phone to PC using USB. Pair the app.
    You can now simply deploy the APK to your Windows Phone.
    Except the Windows Phone won't run it and you didn't post a link to this APK Deployment app you mention.

    Windows Phones can't run Android apps. End of story. If they could, they wouldn't have died.
    05-09-2019 09:17 AM
  15. Drael646464's Avatar
    Use windows store apps. All the big stuff like FB etc is there (the main FB app is dumb though, use an alternative FB app). Only things missing are smarthome apps and banking apps. Unfortunately, PWA is only partially supported (no notifications), so as those grow, windows apps will shrink, leaving win10m users with no notifications for those apps (like twitter currently is). But currently, I get by fine on a windows phone still. Especially because the audio is high def, and the camera is still good by modern standards on the last nokias.

    Most people use 4-6 apps regularly, and apart from a banking app, generally, I bet it's on the windows store.

    However, all that said, there are smart things supported by windows 10 mobile. If you choose the devices for your phone. Same with VPNs.

    Android apps are overrated IMO. Lots of ad filled, low quality stuff. 3/4 of them could be culled and nothing would be lost. iOS apps are pretty good, but the OS itself is IMO dumb. Basically, pick your poison.
    Last edited by Drael646464; 05-10-2019 at 04:46 AM.
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    05-10-2019 04:33 AM
  16. Drael646464's Avatar
    Yeah it's pretty hard to claim MSFT failed at anything when they hover around the worlds biggest company in valuation, recently above amazon, apple and google. Their game centric and cloud centric model is wildly successful.

    Personally, I feel like everything they did in Windows 10, will inform them in windows lite/core. Eventually, they'll return to mobile, and lets be honest: smartphones are 'post peak'. The only one still making gains is apple, and that'll end real soon. It's actually not a good time to invest in mobile, unless you have a category-breaking 'next thing'. They got out at a good time.

    VR and AR are far more obvious as 'next things'. And MSFT is picking up there, with a decent minority market share of VR in mixed reality headsets, and hololens in the works.

    I could actually see a tiny voice operated mobile device AI ala the movie 'her' being a thing, and I think MSFT has a shot at something like that with their acquisitions. For busy people, it might be easier to talk to someone than fiddle with a screen. If you could then hook that up with some glasses FF AR for visuals, it'd make a tidy package compared to a smartphone; handsfree when it needs to be, bigger display when it needs to be.

    Either way, when new forms of devices present themselves, MSFT might be in a good position by then to re enter. Whether it's via AR or AI. In the meantime, it's groundwork, groundwork that 'sitting pretty' competition might be a bit more lax about.

    Apple has some amazing AI acquisitions, and yet they seem to be doing nothing but boring phone stuff. I wonder if they are planning a shock announcement or asleep at the wheel. Google seems to be on a track: IoT, and cloud based AI. But I wonder if that market will really grow like they expect it too.
    Last edited by Drael646464; 05-10-2019 at 04:54 AM.
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    05-10-2019 04:36 AM
  17. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    Yeah it's pretty hard to claim MSFT failed at anything when they hover around the worlds biggest company in valuation, recently above amazon, apple and google. Their game centric and cloud centric model is wildly successful.

    Personally, I feel like everything they did in Windows 10, will inform them in windows lite/core. Eventually, they'll return to mobile, and lets be honest: smartphones are 'post peak'. The only one still making gains is apple, and that'll end real soon. It's actually not a good time to invest in mobile, unless you have a category-breaking 'next thing'. They got out at a good time.

    VR and AR are far more obvious as 'next things'. And MSFT is picking up there, with a decent minority market share of VR in mixed reality headsets, and hololens in the works.

    I could actually see a tiny voice operated mobile device AI ala the movie 'her' being a thing, and I think MSFT has a shot at something like that with their acquisitions. For busy people, it might be easier to talk to someone than fiddle with a screen. If you could then hook that up with some glasses FF AR for visuals, it'd make a tidy package compared to a smartphone; handsfree when it needs to be, bigger display when it needs to be.

    Either way, when new forms of devices present themselves, MSFT might be in a good position by then to re enter. Whether it's via AR or AI. In the meantime, it's groundwork, groundwork that 'sitting pretty' competition might be a bit more lax about.

    Apple has some amazing AI acquisitions, and yet they seem to be doing nothing but boring phone stuff. I wonder if they are planning a shock announcement or asleep at the wheel. Google seems to be on a track: IoT, and cloud based AI. But I wonder if that market will really grow like they expect it too.
    I would just be happy with a Microsoft Mobile branded Android phone, running a forked version of Android created specifically by MS. It will never happen though. Although a custom Android ROM could also probably do the job, if I spent enough time cooking it.
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    05-10-2019 10:22 AM
  18. Drael646464's Avatar
    I would just be happy with a Microsoft Mobile branded Android phone, running a forked version of Android created specifically by MS. It will never happen though. Although a custom Android ROM could also probably do the job, if I spent enough time cooking it.
    Yeah, that would be nice. MSFT is friendly with amazon, they could use the amazon store. Like all the partnerships they would need to make it work without google are there.

    I'm going to have to end up doing something like this myself, currently on a lumia 950, that STILL has outstanding photo quality (low noise) next to present day midrange because the support period is running out and I don't really feel like the small chance of the store ceasing to work, or the set photo upload be depreciated.

    Current plan is to get a pocofone f1, install lineage and microG (because bloody everything needs play services), add microsoft apps, cortana and blackberry apps ripped from bb phones (like the hub), add ported pixel camera app for a degoogled phone with a good camera, and less of an android feel (hub is great but you have to tweek with an extra app it to get txts to go on, like on the old BBs).

    Bit of a business though, all to get what I want. Like would be real nice if it simply existed. And the annoying this is that even with an open source version of android, cortana still won't be 'baked in'. :/
    05-11-2019 01:25 AM
  19. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    Yeah, that would be nice. MSFT is friendly with amazon, they could use the amazon store. Like all the partnerships they would need to make it work without google are there.

    I'm going to have to end up doing something like this myself, currently on a lumia 950, that STILL has outstanding photo quality (low noise) next to present day midrange because the support period is running out and I don't really feel like the small chance of the store ceasing to work, or the set photo upload be depreciated.

    Current plan is to get a pocofone f1, install lineage and microG (because bloody everything needs play services), add microsoft apps, cortana and blackberry apps ripped from bb phones (like the hub), add ported pixel camera app for a degoogled phone with a good camera, and less of an android feel (hub is great but you have to tweek with an extra app it to get txts to go on, like on the old BBs).

    Bit of a business though, all to get what I want. Like would be real nice if it simply existed. And the annoying this is that even with an open source version of android, cortana still won't be 'baked in'. :/
    I went for a Xiaomi phone with MS apps. Lightweight and no bloat. It reminds me somewhat of Windows Phone.
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    05-13-2019 09:58 AM
  20. Drael646464's Avatar
    It's almost cheating with xaomi, because they mostly profit from apps and services in china, rather than the hardware. I've got a mi band 2, that'll I'll probably update to a 3 if I get an android phone, and also a mibox.

    That's what I'm hoping for too, a clean, modified android experience, that's less google, and more me.
    05-13-2019 11:40 AM
  21. Davein757's Avatar
    I'm really dreading being forced to change to the lesser of two evils, either Andoid or overpriced Apple. I refuse to spend $1000 on a stupid cell phone: that is total insanity. But, experience with the cheap Androids are annoying as heck and I can't even keep them from constantly vibrating every five seconds.
    Not sure what the most Windows-like phone is that's out there.
    07-31-2019 11:21 PM
  22. naddy6969's Avatar
    "I refuse to spend $1000 on a stupid cell phone"

    No one says you have to. There are lots of choices.

    Besides, they are WAY more than a "stupid cell phone". They are handheld computers with more power than a Windows laptop from 10 years ago.
    08-03-2019 11:37 AM
  23. anotherBeliever's Avatar
    Home Remote app works well for smart home devices.
    09-16-2019 03:27 PM
  24. J Dubbs's Avatar
    I'm really dreading being forced to change to the lesser of two evils, either Andoid or overpriced Apple. I refuse to spend $1000 on a stupid cell phone: that is total insanity. But, experience with the cheap Androids are annoying as heck and I can't even keep them from constantly vibrating every five seconds.
    Not sure what the most Windows-like phone is that's out there.
    I went from windows phone to an LG Thrive that was running pure Android, then went to a Moto X Pure Edition that was also running pure Android, and have now settled on Google Pixels which run strictly pure Android. Pixels get 3 years of monthly security updates, and 3 os upgrades. I'm using a 2016 Pixel running flagship hardware for it's day (which is still respectable now) that I only paid $325 for brand new, and it's still getting one more security update and is running Android 10 which the $1500 loaded Samsung note 10+ isn't even getting this year........ and it's a great running/functioning reliable flagship caliber phone with still one of the best cameras around.

    An all around great phone for $325. There are plenty of good, affordable phones out there that aren't windows if you keep an open mind. I prefer pure Android because it's a cleaner experience like windows phones, but some folks will love all the bells and whistles of other manufacturers.

    Also on phones like the pixel you can get live wallpapers which are just as, if not nicer looking, than the live tiles. And you can get just as much info on the screen as well.

    There's really not a whole lot to miss about windows mobile ;-)
    11-26-2019 04:33 AM

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