Android Apps to Run on the iPad with Alien Dalvik
Soon you will be able to run Android apps directly on the iPad, with the help of a third party tool called Alien Dalvik. The technology works by packaging each Android application into it’s own virtual machine that runs atop iOS, giving the appearance of the app running natively on the iPad. Performance is claimed to be impressive enough for the end user to not notice much of a difference, and a live demo will be shown next week at a conference by the creators of Alien Dalvik, the Myriad Group.
“From a user perspective, Alien Dalvik 2.0 is completely transparent and installed without user disruption. 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.
As of yet, I don’t know of any killer Android apps that can’t be found on iOS, but in time I’m sure a few exclusives will come to the platform, and a tool like Alien Dalvik should be able to bring those apps to the iPad. I can’t see any reason why this wouldn’t work on the iPhone and iPod touch as well, and it might even work better considering there are more apps aimed at the Android smartphone market than the Android tablets, at least for now.
9to5mac notes that Alien Dalvik also works on other platforms, like Nokia’s N9, and they have plans to expand the platform to other smartphones, tablets, and even set-top boxes and TV sets.