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Popular Linux app Wine is coming to Android - don't expect to run Photoshop anytime soon

Popular Linux software Wine coming to Android

By: Charles Gantt from Feb 4, 2013 @ 10:07 CST

We have heard rumors that the popular Wine software that is used to run Windows apps inside Linux was being ported to Android for a few months now. Over the weekend at the FOSDEM conference held in Brussels, a demonstration of Wine running on Android was given during a talk about Wine on ARM.


Alexandre Julliard, the original developer behind Wine, showed a very brief demonstration of Wine on Android. Julliard is now employed by CodeWeaver to update and maintain the Wine project due to the company's vested interest in the software based on its commercial Wine-based crossover software for Linux and Apple OSX.

So, does this mean that we will see Windows applications like Adobe Photoshop CS6 or Office 2013 running on Android anytime soon? I do not think so, the demo was said to run very slow, and programs like Photoshop simply need more resources than any Android phone or tablet has at the moment. What do you think about Wine coming to Android? Is there a need for such software with Android having such a vast app selection already? Let us know in the comments.


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