posted by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Feb 2011 23:11 UTC
IconRemember last week, when we talked about the rumours that Research In Motion might bring Android application compatibility to its new QNX-based mobile operating system? Well, while the following news seems to have nothing to do with RIM, it does show it's possible to bring Android application compatibility to other platforms. Myriad has announced Alien Dalvik, which allows Android applications to run on other platforms at comparable speed.

Alien Dalvik comes from Myriad, an unknown name perhaps, but they're no small player. Alien Dalvik allows Android applications to run on different platforms at comparable speed. It seems developers only need to repackaging Android package files (.apk), but for users, the process is entirely transparent, and will function exactly like a native application.

"From a user perspective, Alien Dalvik is completely transparent. Alien Dalvik applications appear as native and can be seamlessly installed on device without user disruption," the press release reads, "All the user sees is that he now has access to a wider range of applications, thus encouraging a higher frequency of downloads and increased ARPU."

The video is indeed pretty impressive.

Alien Dalvik will be released commercially later this year, and will initially run on MeeGo, with other platforms in the pipeline. Myriad will unveil more information during Mobile World Congress next week, so hopefully we'll maybe get to try it out ourselves. Let's hope it becomes available as open source as well, so that it can be hacked onto other platforms and devices as soon as possible. I'd love to play around with Android applications on my Windows Phone 7 HD7.

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