Rumor: Windows Phone May One Day Support Android Apps

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As Microsoft continues to evolve Windows Phone in hopes of greater market share, its latest trick could be to support Android apps on its handsets. That’s the latest rumor, according to Eldar Murtzin, a long-time industry insider who has a few correct predictions to his name. Murtzin tweeted the information on Tuesday morning, sounding pretty certain. From a technical standpoint, this is certainly feasible, at least at a high level. Android apps run inside what’s called a virtual machine (VM), or a software implementation of a computer. Currently, that VM is called Dalvik, but with Android L — the next, upcoming version of Android — apps will run in the ART VM. BlackBerry took this approach back in 2011 when it announced Android app support for its Playbook tablet.

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