Hoping to solve the challenge of developing mobile apps for multiple platforms, Myriad introduced the next version of its cross-platform solution that allows apps to work on multiple devices. Myriad’s Alien Dalvik 2.0 is meant to extend Android applications to non-Android phones and tablets, in addition to cars, televisions and other non-traditional computing platforms. The new version even supports Android software on Apple iOS devices.
Myriad’s noble strategy is to create “a single app standard” which can surely help developers. By creating one Android app and then having it easily run on other platforms through a virtual machine — with little to no performance difference over a native environment — can save an enormous amount of development time, effort and money.
I wonder, however, if HTML5 will eventually take the place as the “single app standard” even though web-based apps are often used with native platform wrappers. Regardless, Myriad’s solution is impressive, as shown on this video demonstration.
Alien Dalvik isn’t an end-user installation, so don’t think you’re going to download it on a device and start running Android apps. Instead, Myriad is partnering with handset and device makers to enable the solution. As for why Myriad is focused on bringing Android software to the masses? It makes sense for two reasons: Android as a platform continues to grow its market share, and all Android apps run in a virtual machine by default. As a result, Google’s platform lends itself well to Myriad’s solution.
At next week’s CTIA event, Myriad will demo its solution on an iPad; although it sounds intriguing, I wouldn’t expect Apple to allow it beyond a trade show demo. Put another way: I don’t foresee Android applications running on iPads, even if Myriad’s approach works as advertised. I’m not even sold that iOS has an “app problem” that requires this type of technology. Short of specific Google apps such as Gmail or Maps, for example, what Android apps would iOS users want to run?