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.

Wine Windows solitaire running in Android

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.

via Phoronix

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7 replies on “Wine on Android update: Windows Solitaire running on Android”

  1. Wow, just getting solitaire working on Android is enough that my mom won’t need Windows anymore.
    Only kidding, but back in the 90s I remember a lot of jokes about Windows only being for solitaire.

  2. I keep hearing people promote BlueStacks and GenyMotion, however they won’t even install and run on many PCs and can be erratic on those they do install on.

    1. That’s still a lot better than Wine on Android at this point… but yeah, I hear you.

      I’m not generally a huge fan at this point. If you really want a good Android apps you’re best off getting an Android device… or dual-booting Android alongside Windows. All I’m saying is that right now it’s easier to run Android apps on Windows than vice versa… which isn’t saying much. 🙂

    2. Tried it on my DV8P but the problem is a lot of the advantage that Android has is games and games just dont run that well through a virtual environment.

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