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Yesterday, developer Heathcliff released Windows Phone Internals 2.3 and with this tool, users can unlock the bootloader of Lumia Windows Phones from both Microsoft and Nokia. Bootloader unlocked Windows Phone opens a new door to customization, installation of custom ROMs and unsupported versions of Windows 10 Mobile.

Windows Phone Internals 2.3 might bring the Project Astoria back which allowed the installation of Android apps on Microsoft’s mobile devices, though don’t get your hopes too high on Android apps on Windows 10 Mobile as the project is still in early phase of development. It’s likely that we’ll see more Android on Lumia phones project than ever before.

Windows Phone Internals developer Heathcliff explains that they are exploring ways to install Android apps on Lumia phone, a team of developer aims to bring back the Project Astoria. Developer Heathcliff is however not interested in installation of Android ROMs on Lumia. Instead of installing Android on Lumia, it’s a lot easier to purchase an Android phone from the Microsoft Store, he said.

While the developers are trying hard to bring Project Astoria back, no release date has been given and we don’t know as to how long it’ll take to make this project happen again.

Microsoft unveiled Project Astoria back in 2015, allowing developers to use Android app’s code to make Windows apps for phones. The project also allowed installation of Android apps APK on Windows phones.

“We received a lot of feedback that having two Bridge technologies to bring code from mobile operating systems to Windows was unnecessary, and the choice between them could be confusing. We have carefully considered this feedback and decided that we would focus our efforts on the Windows Bridge for iOS and make it the single Bridge option for bringing mobile code to all Windows 10 devices, including Xbox and PCs. For those developers who spent time investigating the Android Bridge, we strongly encourage you to take a look at the iOS Bridge and Xamarin as great solutions,” the company said.

  • Tengo Gachechiladze

    This will be game changer

    • ⏹ Scorpio

      Please explain…

  • This is the best news for existing windows phone users.

  • Francie

    To little to late we have all moves on

    • cmolinap

      Not so late pal…we’re millions of people using Windows 10 Mobile. And there is many people buying the lastest Windows Phones (like Alcatel idol) in Microsoft Store. So…not so late…very good news!!!!!!!!!

      Very good news….!!!!! Cheers!

    • WPJ

      I second that. The project will quietly wilt due to a general lack of interest.

  • Cryio

    I would be curious if I could flash the work in progress W10M pre-TH1 build that had Project Astora so I could install Android apps.


    Let us have a Samsung Note 8 with Windows 10, and with access to Playstore and all apps there. Or Huawei Mate 10 Pro, wow it’s the future.

  • If developer aims to develop android applications for windows smart phones then what to do with windows apps? After launching android apps, windows phones will be converted to android phone then why to use windows phones?

    • innn

      They want to install and run existing apks. Complete comfort. They don’t want the android os and don’t want to write new apps( others job). they just want the apps, something they never had. microsoft started this project and quickly shut it down as not to offend google’s profits