Development area mappings from Android to Windows

[This article is for Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.x developers writing Windows Runtime apps. If you’re developing for Windows 10, see the latest documentation]

Use this reference to map selected Android development areas to equivalents for Windows Store apps.

Android development area Equivalent Windows Store app development area

Animation and graphics, OpenGL ES 2.0

See Blend and Port from OpenGL ES 2.0 to Microsoft Direct3D 11.1

App launchers, notifications, toasts, and widgets

See Tiles, badges, and notifications

Application lifecycle

See Application lifecycle and Launching, resuming, and multitasking

Google AdMob Ads

See Microsoft Advertising SDK

Google Drive

See OneDrive API (but see Configuring your app before using the Microsoft OneDrive API), and Quickstart: Roaming application data

Google Maps

See How to display your location on a Bing Map and Bing Maps for Windows Store apps

Google Search

See Quickstart: Adding search to an app and Search contract sample


See Quickstart: Navigating between pages, Navigation design for Windows Store apps, and Navigation model

Shared preferences, internal and external storage, cache files

See Managing application data, Quickstart: Add app settings, and Working with data and files


See Using SQLite in Windows 8 Store Apps and SQLite with Windows 8 apps


See Responding to user interaction

Web services

See Connecting to web services

Task mappings from Android to Windows