Windows emulator Wine is coming to Android

Software originally developed for Linux in development for phones, tablets

Wine, an emulator which was designed to allow the use of Windows programs in a Linux environment, is coming to Android - with an early build of the code being given a public airing at FOSDEM (Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting) in Brussels.

According to Phoronix, which ran the original story, Wine for Android is still very much in the early stages and was shown running on a Mac emulating an Android environment itself, which had a very limiting effect on performance.

Nonetheless, the project is being worked on by Alexandre Julliard, who created the original Wine, so is in good hands. Should the project come to fruition, it could have wide-ranging ramifications for devices running any version of Android, such as smartphones or the coming Ouya micro-console.

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Alex Tyrer Principal Programmer, Codemasters7 years ago
"Wine, an emulator which was designed to allow the use of Windows programs in a Linux environment..." - you do know that WINE's acronym stands for "Wine Is Not an Emulator" - it's an implementation of the Win32 API
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gi biz ;, 7 years ago
I thought the same thing, but even the package manager themselves sometimes put the icon in the "emulators" group in the menu... Fact is it's not an emulator, but if it can run Intel binaries on ARM machines, then it would end up being an emulator :/
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Adam Campbell Product Manager, Azoomee7 years ago
^ Ah the irony ;)
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Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development7 years ago
What could possibly go wrong here. I'd be happier if most Android phones just ran Android tbh.
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Tom Keresztes Programmer 7 years ago
Nothing new, really - bochs has been already ported.

Bochs booting XP on android
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