Windows 10 allows users to request compatible apps from Android developers

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

Windows 10 Mobile is not a platform rich in apps, one of the main disadvantages of Windows 10 phones and one of the reasons pushing potential buyers away from Microsoft’s phones. To call a spade of spade, most of the times Windows 10 Mobile is the last platform to receive apps, with Android or iOS users enjoying these apps long before Windows 10 users.

For example, the Starbucks app is expected to come to Windows 10 by the end of June, years after it was released on Apple’s iOS platform. Rumors suggest that Google’s Play Store apps could be imported on Windows 10, but time proved there was no seed of truth in them.

Build 14356 took Windows 10 one step closer to Android, offering users the possibility to sync notifications between Windows Phones/Android phones and their PCs. And it seems this is not the only Android/Windows connection this build brings.

A user accidentally discovered that when a notification syncs, you can request Android developers to create the app for Windows 10, with the main idea of making the Windows Store more appealing to Android developers.

More precisely, the sync feature takes Windows 10 users to the WinStore request page where they’ll be able to vote for a particular app. In this manner, developers are informed that users of their app also use Windows 10, giving them more incentive to develop apps for Microsoft’s platform as well.

However, a large number of votes for a certain app doesn’t necessarily mean that Android developers will actually start creating a Windows 10 compatible app:

Here is you’re opportunity to show those companies just how much interest there is for seeing it as a Windows Store app!

Requests should be for a specific app by a company or a developer that has an app (or apps) on Windows Desktop, iOS or Android but not in the Windows Store. Just because you vote, doesn’t mean they will listen.

For the time being, this feature is only available for Insiders but expect it in the upcoming Anniversary Update.

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