Run These Windows Apps on Android With Wine 3.0

There are literally millions of Android apps to choose from, but if you want to go beyond what Google Play has to offer, you’re in luck. With a recent update, you can run Windows 7 apps on Android with Wine 3.0 .

Wine has been around since 1993, allowing you to run Windows software on Apple hardware and Linux computers. In the latest update, this same feature is being extended to Android, although there are some restrictions on what it can do.

Android Police notes that Wine 3.0 is a bit unstable. It seems to work best on newer devices, but may crash on older phones or tablets. It also launches everything in full screen mode, so don’t assume that you will be running two programs side by side like you would on a real PC.

Also, Wine 3.0 runs better on x86 Android devices (which means the processor is based on Intel technology). This means that if you have an ARM-based device, you will be limited to using programs that run Windows RT . Even with these limitations, Wine 3.0 still opens up some interesting possibilities.

If you’re into gaming, you can use Wine 3.0 to get the classic first-person shooter Quake and its sequel, Quake II , that runs on any Android device. If you are using an x86 chip, you can also try running the full version of Steam (instead of the limited mobile app) for even more video games.

Not a gamer? Try Greenshot , an advanced screen capture software for Windows that lets you instantly annotate, print, or share images by email. Or get the popular (and free) Audacity digital audio editor running on Android. You can even turn your phone into an early Macintosh computer using the Min vMac emulator .

This is just a quick overview of what’s available. You can check the full list on the XDA-Developers site for other Windows applications to run on Android with Wine 3.0.


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