About a year after developers announced they were working on a way to run Windows apps on Android devices using the Wine compatibility layer, the project is still very much a work in progress. But there has been some progress. At a recent event, the team showed off Windows Solitaire running in an Android environment.
The project’s goals involve running Windows apps on Android devices with ARM or x86 processors. That might sound ambitious, but it’s not like we haven’t already seen something similar.
Wine has allowed users to run some Windows apps on Linux for years. While many Windows apps aren’t fully supported, there are many games, utilities, and productivity apps that you can run in Ubuntu, Fedora, and other Linux distributions by installing and configuring the Wine compatibility layer.
Of course there may be a simpler way to get a mobile device that can run both Windows and Android apps. These days you can pick up a Windows tablet with an x86 processor for around $300 or less, and you can always install BlueStacks, Genymotion, or a similar utility to run Android apps on Windows instead of the other way around.
Still, it’s pretty impressive to see this open source solution continuing to evolve.