Apart from a completely overhauled operating system, in fact it is a new OS, Microsoft does also want to solve another problem their mobile operating system does currently have. Windows Phone is said to have problems getting a higher marketshare because the app store does not really include all important apps out their. Well this could be true not, however what matters is that with Windows 10 Mobile Microsoft has also introduced Project Astoria aside of the well known Project Spartan which is now Microsoft Edge.
To give you an idea what Microsoft is doing with this ‘Project Astoria’, I will try to explain it. Actually it is pretty simple, Microsoft thinks that because their mobile operating system does have such a low marketshare developers think it is not worth to release apps for the OS and that does have the effect that the marketshare is growing but slowly, so this is a kind of a vicious circle. The solution to this? Microsoft wants to make it more attractive and easier for developers to import currently existing apps from Android and iOS.
Unfortunately I am not a developer so I do not have the know how to prove this wrong or right but thanks to Project Astoria it is possible in Windows 10 Mobile to sideload Android Apps and use them just like Windows Apps. There are still a few problems, if you want to try Snapchat for example, forget it because it will ask for Google Services and they are obviously not available on your Windows 10 Mobile, this would be the part where the developer has to use Project Astoria. Also some games which are checking for updates on the start up will not work because the will not be able to download them but apart from this, notifications are working and it is very helpful for local apps which are only existing for Android or iOS.
Sideloading Android apps on a Windows 10 Mobile device is done with a few easy steps. At the bottom of the article there is embed a video where you can see how tow download .apk files and sideload them on your device, you can also follow the steps below In order to do this:
Preparation on the Phone
First of all we have to enable the developer mode on your phone and allow pairing. In order to do this you can open the Settings on your device and go to –> Update & security –> For developers –> check ‘Developer mode’ and turn on Device discovery.
Download APK Deployment Tool
For the next step you will have to switch over to your PC where you can download the APK Deployment Tool from Mediafire or you can head over to the source website WinPhoneViet for further details and the developer of this tool.
Once you have downloaded the Tool extract the archive which should bring you various folders and files. Two setups need to be installed ‘IpOverUsbInstaller’ and a setup called ‘vcredist_x86’. Once you have installed both of them, double click on ‘APKDeployment’ which will start the tool.
Pair your Phone
Once you have started the APK Deployment Tool you will have to pair your phone with the tool and this can be done by connecting it to the PC. Afterwards you will have to open the settings once again on your phone and go the the same directory as before. If you click on pair now you get a key which you have to enter at the top left in the tool on your PC where it says ‘Key to pair’. Afterwards click done on your phone and ‘Pair’ in the tool.
Next off you will of course need some .apk’s to deploy/install them on your Windows Mobile device. Therefore you can head over to the Google Play Store copy the link of the app you want to download and then head over to this APK Downloader where you have to paste the link to download this .apk file. There are tons of these APK Downloaders all over the web, just search with Bing to find them.
Last but not least you have to deploy your downloaded .apk files and therefor you can simply drag and drop them inside the tool and click on deploy all, wait until it is finished and you can try your installed Android apps on your Windows 10 Mobile device.
These steps aren’t clear enough for you, no problem have a look at the embed video belwo and let me know if deploying Android apps on your Windows 10 Mobile device is working for you or if you are experiencing any problems. Stay tuned for more information on Windows 10 and new Insider Preview Builds for Windows 10 Mobile.