Myriad, a member of the Google formed Open Handset Alliance which supports Android, has come out with a cross platform application that can work on different devices.
Myriad Alien Dalvik 2.0 will not only enable Android apps to run across non-Android smartphone platforms, but will now enable the Android ecosystem to be extended across multiple devices and screens such as tablets, e-books, TVs, automotives and even avionics.
“Myriad Alien Dalvik brings Android applications to non-Android devices, allowing OEMs, operators and application stores to leverage the Android eco-system across a much wider range of mobile devices. Android applications run unmodified and with no loss of performance on non- Android platforms,” the company said in a press release.
The basic idea to create one Android app which can run on other platforms through virtual machine is enticing enough for the users, and the performance difference on different platforms where the apps are run is close to zero. Even at the time when there is talk of HTML5 becoming the default standard of web apps to make sure users don’t have to worry about which platform they are accessing the apps from, the Myriad solution to bring Android apps to all the platforms is impressive to say the least.
“We have seen incredible momentum in Android adoption, but we are just scratching the surface,” said Simon Wilkinson, chief executive officer, Myriad Group. “With Alien Dalvik 2.0, we are creating a more flexible, consistent user experience by mobilising content such as live sports, recorded TV shows and on-demand movies, so users can enjoy content seamlessly from one device to the next.”
At the same time, if the users are thinking they can download Alien Dalvik and run Android apps on whichever device they are using, it’s not going to work that way. Instead, Myriad is working with handset makers to make sure its solutions are incorporated at the device level itself. Those wondering why the company is focusing so much on the Android apps only to bring them to the masses, it’s because Android apps anyway run on a virtual machine — they are made that way by default. Hence Android apps are a natural fit for the company and its product.