The Myriad Group, a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance, has now created the ability to run Android apps on your Apple iPad. They have showed off the latest Alien Dalvik 2.0 at CTIA Enterprise & Applications 2011. But, the joy doesn’t stop there–the team has gone so far as to enable the use of Android apps on tablets, e-book readers, TVs, and even in cars.
Alien Dalvik is a Dalvik virtual machine port that allows Android apps to run on devices not running Android. Essentially, any device with a screen and Internet connectivity is a potential candidate. (TVs, eReaders, tablets and in-dash car displays, just to give you an idea). In fact, the software does all of that with little to no changing or “hacking.” Android Package (APK) files will be installed and launched on the device. According to The Myriad Group, in a nutshell, “From a user perspective, Alien Dalvik 2.0 is completely transparent and installed without user disruption.”In fact, the software does all of that with little to no changing or “hacking.” Android Package (APK) files will be installed and launched on the device. According to The Myriad Group, in a nutshell, “From a user perspective, Alien Dalvik 2.0 is completely transparent and installed without user disruption.” And, also CNET wrote, ”Users simply enjoy the same rich Android ecosystem they have become accustomed to via mobile on other key screens, such as playing Angry Birds on HDTV.”
One thing iOS developers might not have been too happy to see was Android running on his iOS devices, something that developers have been fighting to do for a number of years, certainly not Android applications running within the iOS platform. But for the Android lovers this is a good app. Multiple applications can run simultaneously without hampering the performance or compromising with the same, thanks to the myriad technology. So, in this way you can easily run the native Android applications in your Apple iPad. We can only hope that this application further grows and comes out with the large database of the Android applications which then the users can use it on many other platforms as well.
As you can see in the video above, the new Alien Dalvik isn’t nearly as smooth as native Android. But, you should keep in mind that it’s still in beta, and Myriad got Android apps functioning on an iPad without jailbreaking or help from Apple, which is pretty darn impressive. Olivier told us that there are some user interface issues with non-touchscreen devices (think TV remotes) that must be figured out as well. Native performance is the goal, however, and he’s confident that the company will be able to pull it off. Myriad’s currently in talks with car manufacturers, avionics firms, Samsung and others to get Alien Dalvik on their products, so we’ll be seeing Google’s little green bots in some unexpected places in the not-so-distant future.