Project Cider enables native execution of iOS apps and services on Android
Researchers from the Columbia University have created this “operating system compatibility architecture”, which does not use a virtual machine, but it still allows you to execute iOS apps on Android. In order to do its mojo, Cider makes use of a compile-time code adaptation method – it does not make any modifications to the source code of the iOS apps in question, it just adapts them to run on Google's platform. Along with it, some diplomatic functions let them connect to the host libraries of your Android device. Interestingly, the native Android libraries for 3D hardware acceleration are fully supported, as well.
"Cider is the ﬁrst system that can run unmodiﬁed iOS apps on non-Apple devices."
Yelp, iTunes, iBooks, and Apple Stocks make a brief cameo in the Cider demonstration video, too – although choppy, all of them run on the Nexus 7. The developers claim that apart from apps, Cider also supports various iOS frameworks and services.
However, we wouldn't expect project Cider to see the light of day at all, as it has a number of obvious legal and technical complications before itself. Nonetheless, it's a rather curious project, which once again reminds us about the flexibility and the multifunctionality of Android.
Thanks for the tip, wilson!
source: Columbia University via XDA
5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Green robot does what he must, because he can! :P
27. sgodsell (Posts: 1437; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
I think its cool. Just another cool thing that Android can add to its tool belt. It just keeps on making the best OS even better.
35. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Agree. It just proves how flexible Android OS can be.
6. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
Anyone noticed first comments are usually short to ensure it will be posted first? Never saw a loooong first comment. #unsolicitedadvice
Dont mind me, go on.
9. buccob (Posts: 1566; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
I will write a long generic comment, copy to my desktop notes, and wait for a new article to come, so I can paste it there and be the First Long First Comment!
10. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
Good luck with that. Prepare those RSSs now. Please write how Samsung sucks and how good WP is. Hehe...
2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Android - ADVANCED Operating System!
21. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
It looks like you are out of arguments and butthurt. :D
26. sgodsell (Posts: 1437; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Why buy a tiny little toy, with a tiny little non HD display, no NFC, no multi-window, no real multitasking. When you can buy flagships like the Galaxy S5, HTC one, Xperia Z2, Note 3, and many more that are superior to any iPhone in terms of hardware and software specs. You can do much more on any Android then could ever dream with any iPhone.
31. dratomic (Posts: 476; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
in my mind nokia n95 is still superior to itoys because it had a file manager and freedom and file transfer and many others things that apples phones will never ever have
41. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Says the jelly user who wishes Ios7 was like Android
8. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
Never saw this coming. Guess this was unavoidable though unexpected it is possible.
Now I am waiting Android apps on iOS.
13. tedkord (Posts: 5276; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Don't get excited, this will never be released publicly. Apple's legal department is already drafting the cease and desist orders.
23. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Yea....this would never see the light of day. My first post was gonna say LAWSUIT!!
17. regkilla (Posts: 83; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)
Who would want buggy, force close apps on iOS?
19. tedkord (Posts: 5276; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
22. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Satatistics says taht iOS apps tend to crash more than Android apps!
"Do iOS Apps Crash More Than Android Apps? A Data Dive"
"Apps on iPhone 5s are crashing twice more often than on previous models"
"iOS Apps Crash More Than Android"
30. AfterShock (Posts: 2984; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
The real question is, why would we want buggy force closing apps from iOS?
Stuff taken from a polished turd is still crap.
34. Finalflash (Posts: 1908; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
As an example of what not to do maybe?
38. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
iOS 7 made it buggy. iOS 6 was better than 7 IMHO
12. Sauce (unregistered)
Now I can experience the real App experience on my Note wihout banging my head against the wall :D
14. tedkord (Posts: 5276; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
If you're banging for head against the wall from the Note 3 experience, you're doing something wrong.
24. Sauce (unregistered)
If you're replying to my comment assuming I have a Note 3 just because I said Note, you're reading something wrong.
37. tedkord (Posts: 5276; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
It also applies to the Note 2. I'm not sure about the Note.
18. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2010; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Yea.. But too bad it laggs ... Guess its a os thing
25. Sauce (unregistered)
"Complete Dumb A**" should be a reason to report someone.
43. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Better than having no apps and games platform
28. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
So we can expect to play Infinity blade on androids......
32. Immolate (Posts: 290; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
"Have you ever imagined what it'd be like if we could run iOS apps and games on our Android companions?"
No, not so much.
36. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Pretty much this.
Unless I came from iPhone or it was mentioned in articles...I wouldnt even know what was ported over from iOS.
39. PBXtech (Posts: 983; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
iOS apps are optimized for the screen sizes Apple uses, how does this translate to dozens of different screen sizes that are different than Apples? Beyond that, the scrolling was incredibly choppy. Most of the great apps are on both platforms, and many are free on Android. With the exception of a very small amount, why sacrifice performance when you can just download the Google version?