CrossOver is an App that allows you to run Windows programs on non-Windows platforms. The CrossOver developers are now bringing this functionality to Android smartphones/tablets and Chromebooks. According to the CrossOver team the beta version that will be available in the Google Play Store tomorrow, however, you can join them for a technical preview version and help them test out the Apps.
Codeweavers, maker of the CrossOver app that allows Windows applications to run on Mac OS X and Linux, has announced a preview program of the new edition of CrossOver for Intel-based Chromebooks and Android tablets.
CrossOver for Android has been in development for “two years, nine months, two weeks, and a day,” according to Codeweavers. Don’t expect it to run all Windows apps out of the gate, but the company states it will run many popular titles, like Steam and Office 2010.
At the heart of CrossOver is the Wine project, an emulation layer for Linux that translates Windows system calls into their Linux equivalents. Windows does the same in reverse — maps Linux calls to Windows — for its new Linux subsystem. Wine has been in development since 1993 and has been kept up-to-date to support such items as 64-bit applications.
Currently the Tech Preview is only available to users who signed up for initial access. The developers warn the App beta testers not to expect too much from tech preview as of yet.
[You] need to have an open mind. The first Model T didn’t race down the highway at 100 MPH. The first light bulb didn’t last for 2000 hours before burning out. CrossOver Android is a Tech Preview. It does some very cool things. It does run Steam. It does run Office 2010. It does run Wizard101. It does not run EVERY WINDOWS APPLICATION KNOWN TO MAN.
If you are one of those nerds who wants to run various Windows Apps on your Android devices or Chromebooks, head on over to the Android CrossOver announcement page for the full details.