Nokia N9 could run Android apps thanks to Myriad's Alien Dalvik software

Nokia N9 could run Android apps thanks to Myriad's Alien Dalvik software
Myriad's Alien Dalvik system, for which we wrote back in February, can be used to run native Android apps on MeeGo, and is expected to hit commercial availability sometime this year. A strong incentive for its development have been car companies, since MeeGo has been slated for car use for a while now. BMW, GM, Hyundai and others have signed up for the software already, which would allow Android apps to be easily ported to their MeeGo-powered dashboards.

The Alien Dalvik system developer, Steve Troughton-Smith, has reminded about its creation in relation with the freshly announced Nokia N9, which is running MeeGo. Myriad's software promises ported Android apps performance that is indistinguishable from native apps.

App store owners, OEMs, carriers or developers have to first repackage the app, for it to appear in the list of your available applications on the device. The ported app can make a full use of the phone's hardware capabilities, and if some tweaks are needed to use this and that feature, they should be easily made via the Android SDK plugin. At least that is what Myriad claims, we will see how it will be implemented when the software becomes available later this year.

If the process is made seamless, there will be a lot of playtime with the Nokia N9 - you'll be able to keep the unique swipy MeeGo interface, and still run a number of ported Android apps, provided that Alien Dalvik gains traction. If the Nokia N9 asserts itself as an enthusiast device, like the Nokia N900 before it, these kinds of projects can bring a lot of added value to the handset. That's exactly the kind of demonstration Myriad gave at the MWC expo this year, running Android apps on a Nokia N900, of which we are embedding a video below.

via SlashGear


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23 Comments

1. phbelov

Posts: 124; Member since: Mar 25, 2011

And what about Android Market?

2. AZ unregistered

the Android Market is also an app itself, you can get the apk file anywhere from the net, and since it's Nokia, you'll be very likely to be able to copy the file to the phone's mass memory then run the installation from there. If that's possible, then N9 will have Nokia Store + Microsoft Marketplace + Android Market; way enough to make fans of any of those three green with envy :)

3. bay unregistered

Why should I buy Meego device to run Android apps? I can buy easily an Android phone then.

4. Henry12 unregistered

with a MeeGo device you can run not only MeeGo native apps but also Android, webOS and Linux apps!!! MeeGo gives you a real freedom because it's a real Linux but not a virtual machine like Android!

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Nokia and Meego just starting looking very interesting to me... Hmmmm...lol

17. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

But not apps from the AppStore :) Which would keep the iphone an EXCLUSIVE device, and not some generic platform for the masses like android,ewwww.

20. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

well the android market is exclusive too, they can use dalvick but not the market app itself, in the end apps belong to the programmers, not he company that provides them, now if the developers has his apps outside the android market then people can get it for their phones, either way some apps need android basic system to actually operate completely so they need to be fixed on other to work on other deices :) just like the galaxy on fire games works from the AppStore and now in on the android market ;)https://market.android.com/details?id=net.fishlabs.GalaxyonFire2THD

5. Aj unregistered

in other words.... meego CAN run any apps from any flatform:) may it be an android or A windows OS^^ ..no restrictions:)..

6. AndroidOS

Posts: 100; Member since: Jun 21, 2011

Hmm, Nokia may not be dead after all.

7. Allday28

Posts: 344; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

The N9 seems really, really boring..

22. nothin

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

where are you from? Mars? Don't you see how awesome this phone is? MeeGo can basically run apps from other OSes! Is there any other operating system in the market that does that? And are you blind? Don't you see how gorgeous that phone is? It IS Nokia's saving grace.

8. urthatguy

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 22, 2011

I ho[e this catches on because that phone is ossum possum. does anyone know if this is coming to america? I read some articles yesterday and no exact word, maybe i didnt see it. Hopefully sprint

9. ilia1986 unregistered

Wow guys guys, learn to read please. First of all - how the hell did you bring WebOS as well as MS Marketplace to Meego?! MS Marketplace is only available to WP7 devices. And this ain't one of them. Not even talking about WebOS. Second of all - there is something critical that you've all missed. Here's a direct quote: *If the process is made seamless, there will be a lot of playtime with the Nokia N9 - you'll be able to keep the unique swipy MeeGo interface, and still run a number of ported Android apps, provided that Alien Dalvik gains traction.* That's a lot of IFs there - and I think that they key word is "Number". I seriously doubt it that any device not based on Android can run seamlessly every Android app. That's even before we run into hardware compatibility issues and such. So please, calm down, and let's all of us wish Nokia a very nice place in eternal heaven where it has actually been since the very first iPhone was announced in 2007.

10. box unregistered

I thought you were saying something valid and constructive, until I read your last paragraph. Now I think you're just a brainwashed idiot.

11. ilia1986 unregistered

I am saying something valid and constructive. Look at Nokia post 2007. Can you name ONE device that could compete at the time with iPhone and/or Android in ease of use and power? We are talking here about a company which put a RESISTIVE "touchscreen" (because it's actually a pressure screen and not a touchscreen) device in late 2008 - based on the horrid S60v5 - and called it an "iPhone Killer". Nokia is dead. I seriously don't see why people keep putting faith in that dead horse. Their only saving grace is probably WP7, if at all.

19. AZ unregistered

Microsoft announce a tool to port Android apps to Windows Phone a while back, it was called the "app guy" or something. That's basically still Android apps but well, you can still get those from Marketplace literally. And Nokia Store and MarketPlace will soon be as one when the Nokia Windows Phone comes out.

21. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

the app guy is a developer tool for devs to get their android apps ported faster to WP7 not something for the regular consumer

13. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

My mind is blown away. Nokia can still be saved :D .... now lets wait to see what RIM has up its sleeve.

14. orenz unregistered

yeh!, nokia is back !!!!

18. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

I heard that with the N8 before. Look where that lead them, hahahaha

15. monstermash123 unregistered

I've been saying it since the n900 came out...if Nokia just developed the maemo OS more, they could have had a real contender. It frustrated me to no end that I spent over $500 on a n900, and Nokia provided zero to little support for such a promising OS. Hopefully the N9 turns out well, because it's a beautiful piece of hardware and the software looks GREAT!

16. Fuck unregistered

we will, we will ,f**k you

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