Wine is now available for Android

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  1. smileyhead
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    Wine running on my ASUS ZenPad 8

    Wine is a program ("compatibility layer") that can run Windows programs under Linux and MacOS and is widely used from all sorts of purposes ranging from running Microsoft Office to even games. Wine has become very popular and useful tool for non-Windows users worldwide, and with the release of Wine 3.0, it's finally making its move to Android. You can access and download all the builds here. It currently supports x86 and ARM architectures.
    While it's working, it's still very much a work-in-progress. Don't expect running your favourite games and apps just yet, although you're welcome to try.

    :arrow: Source: Android Police
     
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    wow this is great news!

    to celebrate im going to drink a glass of wine whisky
     
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  3. dAVID_

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    but is threr na jnews3dsxlprpo edition????
    I expect it to be very slow. I can't find this very useful on any phones that are not of the highest end.
     
  4. Mikemk

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    It's been available for Android for some 3 years or so, what's this "now" thing?

    Also, if you run it on ARM, expect it to be slow, since it has to emulate x86 as well as Windows.
     
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  5. Minox

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    Qemu is not yet implemented from what I gather so using an ARM chip you won't actually be able to run x86 binaries. This is really only usable on x86 devices as of yet.
     
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  6. Bladexdsl

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    sorry i don't drink wine :creep:
     
  7. Plstic

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    probably won't work that great on android but on linux wine has really come a long long way. I can play Phantasy Star Blue Burst just fine now.
     
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    It's interesting to watch, but I'll pass for now. It's certainly true that wine has come a long way, but that long way went from "nailbitingly frustrating" to "user unfriendly". And this was on a PC with keyboard and mouse.

    Supporting android was only a logical next step (android is built on linux, after all), but I expect things to be clunky to set up for at least a couple more years.

    Can't say anything of the former, but the latter is incorrect. There's some technical slang involved explaining why wine isn't emulating it but rather running it in it's native state, but it's apparently so important that they've named their program to it (in typical linux fashion, wine stands for "Wine Is No Emulator"). And from my experience with it (on x64), there's something to be said about it: emulation usually takes at least twice as much horsepower just to get some stability of the program. On wine, you can pretty much get the same experience as you could expect when your device was running windows natively (assuming the program is gold or platinum, that is).
     
  9. Bubsy Bobcat

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    ARM support!? That I wasn't expecting.
     
  10. Ominous66521

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    Will it run good on my s8?
     
  11. Mikemk

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    It is emulation though. On x86 it doesn't emulate the processor, hence the performance improvement, but it still emulates a Windows environment. Emulate meaning "to imitate."

    On ARM, they'd have to also emulate the processor, so it's full emulation. Although, I can see a possibility that it would only support Windows RT apps, but does wine support UWP anyway?
     
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    is this emulator run good chrome app pc?i need the devtools in my android this is why i ask, thanks
     
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    Shit, I totally misunderstood the thread title, sigh....

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    What might I use this for? Does anybody have any ideas? lol
     
  15. Mikemk

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    English please?

    Running Windows software on Android.
     
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    yes true, and sorry my bad english
     
  17. Xanthe

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    Yes, I know that. I'm looking for specific software.
     
  18. Mikemk

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    All (most?) working programs are listed here https://appdb.winehq.org/

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    That's for normal wine, the Android port might work differently
     
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    this is really cool. now to try and run celeste
     
  22. nl255

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    At the moment that is true on all platforms which is why on most Android systems you can only run WinRT binaries (there are highly experimental WinCE patches) unless you have an x86 android device. However there are plans to integrate qemu in a way that only CPU instructions in the binary are emulated, all API calls will run as native code. Which is how Softwindows and TWIN worked.

    QUOTE="Bubsy Bobcat, post: 7803164, member: 368075"]ARM support!? That I wasn't expecting.[/QUOTE]

    Yes but it only supports WinRT binaries unless you use the experimental WinCE patches. They are working on x86 emulation but that will take a while.

    Yes, it only supports WinRT officially though there are unofficial WinCE patches.
     
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