Resistance is futile! OK, I’ll drop the Star Trek jokes, but I do think this is pretty cool. As you may or may not know the application environment for Android is called Dalvik. To simplify app creators normally write in Java, but instead of compiling their apps for a standard Java Virtual Machine the code is compiled to run on the Dalvik platform. Dalvik is normally found only on Android, but we have seen it elsewhere. For example, RIM is working on a system to allow Android applications to run on their PlayBook tablet. That’s basically a Dalvik engine running on top of their Tablet OS.
Taking this a giant step further, at the CTIA conference which kicks off this week, Myriad will be demonstrating their Alien Dalvik 2.0 software. This allows Android apps to be run on other platforms – smart TVs, non-Android mobile phones, e-books, automotive systems, avionics, and tablets – including Apple’s iPad. In fact, they’ll be demonstrating Android apps running on an iPad at the show.
Alien Dalvik 2.0 is the first step towards creating a single app standard and marks yet another key milestone for Myriad Android innovations. Alien Dalvik 2.0 enables the majority of Android apps to run unmodified using Android Package (APK) files. This in turn allows app store owners and publishers to quickly transcend multiple platforms and screens, leveraging existing software and middleware, all without compromising performance. Furthermore, Alien Dalvik 2.0 enables developers to create once and use many times, while allowing operators, OEMs, and even enterprise to streamline app rollout – taking the headache out of platform fragmentation and content management.
Read the full press release for more. They haven’t released any videos of Alien Dalvik 2.0, but here’s one of the original Alien Dalvik release running Android apps on a Nokia N900: