Wine is flowing towards Android, will run Windows apps on Android phones
Wine (originally an acronym for “Wine Is Not an Emulator”), which enables to run Windows applications on several operating systems such as Linux, Mac OSX & BSD, is now coming to Android, reports Phoronix.com. At the recently concluded Free and Open source Software Developers’ European Meeting (FOSDEM) 2013 in Brussels, Wine creator Alexandre Julliard briefly demoed Wine running on Android.
There were some initial issues with the demo, but Julliard was able to present Wine running on Android. The performance was very slow, but this was attributed to it running on an emulated Android environment rather than on a naked device. The Android version, though functional, isn’t ready to be released commercially. The demo did manage to run a Windows program albeit with a persistent lag.
If everything goes according to plan, a Windows application running on Android will soon be a reality. While Wine is coming to ARM and there is quite a lot of interest there, CodeWeavers, the employers of Julliard, are quite interested and hopeful for the success of Intel x86 Atom CPUs for tablets as they have a lot of commercial incentive to push Wine on x86 chips already. If Intel’s x86 chips gain traction in the tablet market, Wine’s corporate sponsor CodeWeavers would have more compelling reasons to commit resources to the project.
Salman Ravoof is a freelance writer, a mechanical engineer and an avid science and technology enthusiast. He likes creativity and is a great fan of fantasy and sci-fi genre. When not busy, he revels in experimenting and spends most of his time pondering about the existence of reality.
5 February, 2013