Android on Microsoft phones? Developers are sharply divided

If the rumors about Microsoft bringing Android to its mobile phones are true, the company can expect a sharply divided developer community.

Though Microsoft has been getting some traction for its own Windows Phone 8 mobile OS, recent reports suggested its executives are mulling a move to open up Windows devices to apps based on Google's rival platform, Android.

Reaction from developers on Twitter ranged from the excited . . . 

... to the firmly negative ... the outright horrified.

Some suggested a Microsoft-Android combination would bring a new dimension to the app industry's competitive landscape, particularly vis-a-vis Apple:

Others suggested the move would be a sign of desperation from a company that shouldn't need to make desperate moves.

The one thing everyone seemed to agree on: The whole ecosystem is getting really, really confusing.