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Myriad's Alien Dalvik to allow running Android apps on MeeGo devices

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Myriad's Alien Dalvik to allow running Android apps on MeeGo devices
UPDATED: It turns out that Myriad uses the Qt development framework as the backend for Alien Dalvik, thus potentially allowing for even tighter integration with the Nokia ecosystem, which is having Qt as development platform for both its Symbian and MeeGo devices.

Myriad AG is a software company, whose Java apps, browsers and such are found on some 2.2 billion phones worldwide. The company is a member of the Open Handset Alliance, so it has expertise with porting and creating for Android. What they've come up with now made us almost choke with our breakfast.

The software is called Myriad Alien Dalvik (Dalvik is Android's VM for Java), and allows for running Android apps on non-Android phones. It is probably way more complicated that it sounds, but Myriad claims the majority of apps run unmodified, and app store owners can simply repackage the existing .APK files, then they are good to go.

What we immediately imagined was that this might be the end of Nokia's mobile OS problems if they simply allow the Myriad Alien Dalvik on their handsets. Indeed, Myriad will be at the MWC, and showing off what Alien Dalvik can do, running Android applications on a Nokia N900 with MeeGo. Have a look at the video demo below:



We can't wait, since we've always thought that the mobile OS war is a bit overblown - after all, they all run on the same hardware, so what's the issue with creating some kind of an emulator to run more than one on your device. The issue is that closed ecosystems are real cash cows, and we can't imagine neither Apple, nor Blackberry allowing this in the foreseeable future. Well, RIM has such plans, but not because they want it, but because they might have to, in order to stay competitive. They also plan to port their most popular services to devices different than Blackberry, too.

Android, on the other hand, doesn't have these problems. Google wants it on as many devices as possible, and that's what it will get with Myriad Alien Dalvik and the like. If this software is a harbinger of things to come, we'd say that Android will definitely have a shot at cornering the largest chunk of the market.

source: Myriad

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posted on 08 Feb 2011, 03:24

1. belovedson (Posts: 821; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


amazing amazing. go google

posted on 08 Feb 2011, 03:45 1

2. wh4g (unregistered)


Why would Nokia not approve this? Are you guys dumb?

This gives Nokia the advantage of having way more apps than Android now.

Nokia's Qt is the backend for Alien Dalvik. Qt FTW!

posted on 09 Feb 2011, 11:36 1

3. y7i (unregistered)


then why not nokia use the android os is there any war between nokia and google or nokia is so selfish and proud of its symbian version

posted on 07 Mar 2011, 07:33

4. kolobok (unregistered)


why not go android?...because the n900 Maemo puts android to shame in what you can do with it...but then, they married MS (although, that is somewhat different)...=/
anyways, this Alien Dalvik would allow the Maemo\Meego users get android apps without having to deal with the restricted nonsense google built...i mean, "rooting" an EVO to get rid of some "nascar" app...android is a joke when it comes to modifications and openness of the system...
i have an n900 and i'd gladly pay for this because i want some of the android apps...and i don't want android...just, some of the apps

posted on 09 Oct 2011, 11:36

5. ketil (unregistered)


Hi. how can i get this on my nokia N9 ??

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