Project Cider enables native execution of iOS apps and services on Android

Project Cider enables native execution of iOS apps and services on Android
Have you ever imagined what it'd be like if we could run iOS apps and games on our Android companions? We bet you have. Well, there are certain workaround techniques that allegedly allow you to do the unthinkable, but most of them require some kind of a virtual machine and the process is rather cumbersome. Project Cider might put an end to this, as it enables native execution of iOS apps 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. 

The developers behind Cider released a brief demonstration video, which shows us iOS and Android apps running side-by-side on a Nexus 7 tablet, which is running KitKat. At the moment, Cider does not support 2D hardware rendering, so the overall UI performance of most of the iOS apps is rather low. Despite this, we are treated to a 3D benchmark test, which shows us that “Cider's diplomats” are fully capable of making iOS apps use the GPU hardware of the tablet. The achieved 3D performance and frame rate are surprisingly adequate.

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

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45 Comments

1. grams17

Posts: 22; Member since: May 10, 2011

Why???

3. Gsizzle

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

For shizz n Giggles.

45. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Fo shizzle ma nizzle.

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Green robot does what he must, because he can! :P

27. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 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: Aug 05, 2011

Agree. It just proves how flexible Android OS can be.

6. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 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: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 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: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Good luck with that. Prepare those RSSs now. Please write how Samsung sucks and how good WP is. Hehe...

33. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

cool story.

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Android - ADVANCED Operating System!

40. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

And running on Linux

4. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Just get an iphone lol!

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Why downgrade? :D

16. regkilla

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

Says the unfunny Fandroid kid.

21. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

It looks like you are out of arguments and butthurt. :D

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 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: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 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

42. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Just like wp

41. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Says the jelly user who wishes Ios7 was like Android

8. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 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: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 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: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea....this would never see the light of day. My first post was gonna say LAWSUIT!!

17. regkilla

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

Who would want buggy, force close apps on iOS?

19. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

22. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Satatistics says taht iOS apps tend to crash more than Android apps! "Do iOS Apps Crash More Than Android Apps? A Data Dive" http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomiogeron/2012/02/02/does-ios-crash-more-than-android-a-data-dive/ "Apps on iPhone 5s are crashing twice more often than on previous models" http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apps-on-iPhone-5s-are-crashing-twice-more-often-than-on-previous-models_id48204#5- "iOS Apps Crash More Than Android" http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2455622,00.asp

30. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 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: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

As an example of what not to do maybe?

38. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

iOS 7 made it buggy. iOS 6 was better than 7 IMHO

11. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Make this for blackberry devices....

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