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Android and iOS Apps on Windows 10: Will Developers Give a Second Glance?

When Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be able to accommodate code from iOS and Android, it made developers cheer, and for good reason; with 70 percent of the code able to be reused on the platform, porting apps to Windows was made even easier. Still, one has to wonder if some developers will continue to shun Windows, no matter how easy development is made.

While Snapchat may be jumping on board, Viber is already there, and RootMetrics is definitely interested, one developer that appears to be keeping quiet on its plans for the Windows platform is Tango, the developer of one of the world’s most popular messaging apps, which has kept the same stance on the platform that it’s had for years. The developer has been tight-lipped regarding its future plans for Windows, while releasing update after update on other platforms, including BlackBerry 10.

Tango isn’t the only developer by any means, but it’s certainly one of the biggest. Banking apps are also leaving a huge hole in the app gap, and it’s causing more than an inconvenience to users. Many are choosing to stay with Android and iOS until their financial institutions support the platform. Apps used for many jobs are also missing. Let’s not forget Google’s services, which will likely be the last arrivals in the Windows Store, if they ever come at all.

The fact is, Windows is still caught in the same catch-22 as its predecessors: the users won’t come if the apps are missing and the developers won’t make the apps if the users aren’t there. One of these two needs to move the needle, and the Android and iOS code compatibility in Windows 10 certainly has the potential of doing so, which in turn could lead to more users.

It’s too early to tell how successful Windows 10 will be, but what do you think? Which apps are keeping you, your family, or your friends from jumping to Windows from iOS and Android? Post your thoughts in the comments!

Author: Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower and the Editor in Chief of Pocket And PC. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing and is also an aspiring violinist.

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  1. No lazy app ports. I no we need apps, but if devs just port and be lazy what’s the point??

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    • I agree. However, most people coming from Android or iOS will not care. What we may see is that many developers will start to create apps that use WP specific features. This will only happen, if they are allowed to port current apps. Nothing will keep lazy developers from being lazy, but I hope that most developers will see the benefit of creating WP specific apps, as they see that their apps are being downloaded and used regularly.

      This will not chang overnight, but I think Windows 10 will finally help give the ecosystem the momentum that I needs to grow. I’m not expecting astronomical growth, but I can see WP growing to 10%-12% market share by this time next year. Obviously, this also depends on MS not waiting two years before they make a flagship phone after the 940 and 940xl are released. That has been one of their major issues with selling WP in the US. They act like they could not make a phone before bringing out Win 10 mobile.

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