Android apps running on Apple's iPad are now a possibility thanks to Alien Dalvik v2.0, developers Myriad have announced, as part of the company's push for Android software on tablets, TVs, in-care infotainment and more. First announced for MeeGo devices earlier this year, Alien Dalvik basically wraps Android apps in standalone runtime packaging: to the user, it's a seamless matter of booting an app that has become basically platform-agnostic.
Although the iPad support is likely to be the most eye-catching, Myriad has greater ambitions for Alien Dalvik than just putting Android software onto iOS hardware. The company wants to make Android a default coding choice for apps across multiple platforms, including ereaders, ICE and smart TVs, with support not only for games and other software, but multimedia including live sports, recorded TV shows and on-demand movies.
"From a user perspective, Alien Dalvik 2.0 is completely transparent and installed without user disruption. Users simply enjoy the same rich Android ecosystem they have become accustomed to via mobile on other key screens, such as playing Angry Birds on HDTV. This all while gaining faster access to a wider range of apps, thus encouraging a higher frequency of downloads and increased ARPU" Myriad
Developers, meanwhile, can use the same Android APK file as normal, with no modifications required to their code. Myriad will be showing Alien Dalvik 2.0 running Android apps on an iPad 2 at CTIA 2011 next week. SlashGear will be reporting from the show, and we'll be very interested to see how well the two platforms can coexist.