Sunday, February 3, 2013

Wine for Android will allow you to run Full-Fledged Windows apps, someday

Several days ago, I have introduce you how to Get Windows 8 Metro-Style Live Tiles on Your Android Device, but have you imagined run Windows apps on your Android smartphone or tablets? Yes, one day, you may be able to run Photoshop CS6 or old version on your Samsung galaxy S3 or other mobile devices. Well, that may one day be a reality and Wine for Android is on the way.
Wine for Android
Wine (WINdows Emulator or Wine Is Not an Emulator) is an open source application that allows Windows applications to run on other operating systems like Linux and Mac OSX. The project features the software library Winelib, against which developers can compile Windows applications to help port them to Linux.

Alexandre Julliard, the original developer behind Wine, showed off Wine on Android on Sunday in Brussels. Phoronix describe the demo's performance as "horrendously slow," but this was simply because Wine was running on an emulated Android environment, rather than on an actual device.

At this point, the ARM version of Wine on Android is functional, but far from practical, while a stable version of WINE for Android would allow you to run some x86 Windows apps on ARM Android phones and tablets, it probably would be more practical on larger screen devices than on a 4 or 5-inch smartphone. With a 10-inch tablet, for example, imagine pairing the tablet with a keyboard dock and booting up serious productivity software like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. This could certainly help close gap between what can be done on an Android tablet versus a full Windows/Mac/Linux PC.

All in all, a workable version of Wine for Android won’t be release-ready for quite some time temporary, but this proves that it is really a good starting point and of course will improve with time. What do you think, would you like to see WINE for Android or not? Welcome to leave your comments.


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