February 8, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Myriad Group has made it possible for non-Android users to run Android apps on their phone. For all the people who hack their Nokia or Windows Mobile to load Google’s mobile OS on it, they can save themselves the trouble and simply run Alien Dalvik, Myriad’s new solution that frees Android apps from Android.
Alien Dalvik works by “repackaging” the .apk files that store and run Android apps. Myriad claims that it can run apps unmodified, which basically means it will not take extra work for most developers to build an app for Android and have it run on Alien Dalvik through virtualization. The end user will not have to take any special steps.
It remains to be seen how elegant a solution Alien Dalvik will be for people looking to run increase their apps options. We’ve seen several cases where Android apps don’t perform well – or don’t work at all – on certain Android devices because of hardware issues or manufacturer-made changes to Android. How on Earth can Myriad expect to run these same apps on an entirely new operating system and not expect problems to arise? The company plans to demonstrate Alien Dalvik running Android apps on MeeGo next week, so we’ll know soon enough.
And for people who say, “Why would anyone want to do this?” you’d be surprised how many times we’re asked how someone can install an Android app on BlackBerry, Nokia, or Windows Phones. It happens. A lot.