Wine 3.0 brings the ability to run Windows apps on Android-powered smartphones

This feature was in development for a long time and is a result of over a year's work

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Highlights

    • The development team states that the new version of the application has around 6,000 changes
    • Wine 3.0 just being a compatibility layer doesn’t fully support a few apps for ARM processors

Wine is a software developed by CodeWeavers which allows Linux and other Unix-based operating systems to run Windows applications. The company has released Wine 3.0 as an application for the Android operating system, which will let them do the same. This feature for Android had been in beta for a very long time, and now the stable app version has been put up by the company on their official website.

Back in 2016, the company had released a tech preview of their crossover app for Android to a select group of people. After this in 2017, the company went ahead and launched Wine 2.0 which came with improved Mac compatibility and Microsoft Office support. And now, comes the public build in the form of Wine 3.0.

In order to install the Wine 3.0 app on your smartphone, you will need to follow the following steps:

  1. Download ‘wine-3.0-arm’ or ‘wine-3.0-x86’ from https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/android/
  2. Transfer the APK of the app onto your smartphone.
  3. Set install APKs from non-trusted sources to OK under settings
  4. Install

When the app is installed on your smartphone, it will provide you with a full-screen Windows display, including support for audio and graphics. Due to Wine 3.0 just being a compatibility layer, it doesn’t fully support a few apps for the ARM processors, a list of the compatible apps can be found on XDA Developers official forum. However, the x86 based processors can run all of the apps.

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The development team states that the new version of the application has around 6,000 changes, and is a result of over a year’s work. The app also brings Direct3D 10 and 11 support, Direct3D command stream, Android graphics driver and improved DirectWrite and Direct2D support.