Running Android Apps on the iPad with Myriad’s Alien Dalvik

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21 Oct, 2011 8:55 am


Getting Android apps running on multiple platforms will extend them on to tablets, TVs, automobiles and more. Its a great thing for Android developers since it creates new revenue opportunities by opening up Android ecosystem to new sectors. Alien Dalvik’s a custom bit of code that lets you run unaltered Android apps on a non-Android OS, like Maemo or MeeGo and now iOS devices. We’ve got a video below of Android apps running on the iPad via the cloud with Myriad’s Alien Dalvik.

Myriad will be offering developers and app store owners, along with OEM manufacturers the ability to create a development life cycle based around the services that Myriad provides. The hope is that, this will allow smoother application roll-outs and creating less operating system fragmentation.

Version 2.0 runs in the cloud with Netzyn’s servers doing all the heavy lifting, as opposed to the original where the native host environment resides on the gadget itself. So, devices with this new Dalvik on board get an H.264 video feed of Android with some secret sauce letting users interact with the apps — not unlike Onlive’s cloud gaming service.

There’s currently no support for Honeycomb apps, but Olivier informed us that such functionality is in the works. Myriad’s currently in talks with car manufacturers, avionics firms, Samsung and others to get Alien Dalvik on their products. If you want to get an idea of what type of automotive system would run Alien Dalvik applications, check out the Cadillac Cue video below the walk through of Myriad working on the iPad.

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  • Dirk Spannaus

    So is this the Terminal Server edition of Android? 
    There are indeed scenarios that will profit from it – like in an airplane, when the server is on board, or in a car, when more then one screen will be served.For the single mobile user – requiring an online connection to the server – I don’t see so much benefit. So the example with the one screen in the Cadillac in my opinion wouldn’t require Aliens Dalvik. Unless maybe you want to bundle all computing power requirements of the car within on central CPU.