Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Oct 2011 20:53 UTC, submitted by fran
Windows This was an inevitability, right? Android applications were already running on the PlayBook operating system as well as on Maemo (and even some rumblings on iOS), and now BlueStacks is bringing Android applications to Windows. Today they released the alpha version of the BlueStacks App Player, which will allow you to run Android applications on Windows.
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Reminds me of OSX
by gfacer on Wed 12th Oct 2011 01:14 UTC
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2005-11-10

This reminds me of what I thought about OSX back when it was new and Apple's fortunes were not quite so bright. Back then, Linux on the desktop had more hype (or at least as much) than Apple's products. But, the very nature of OS-X's UNIX underpinnings and the open source nature of Linux meant that, should Linux really catch on, those programs could be run on OS-X.

And, they would run a lot more closely to native looking if Apple wanted them to, such as they might if Apple had lost the #2 spot on the desktop and sales momentum. X11 compatibility was like an insurance plan against a Linux "win" on the desktop. However, it was also only a one way street. If you wanted to use a Mac program you needed a Mac, such as the iLife suite.

As we know, Linux on the desktop didn't take of for a variety of reasons, but the cream of the crop of Linux applications can still be run on the Mac, as there are enough users to port them over to Mac specific packages / .dmg

Now the same is happening on Android versus iOS / Windows. You could run Android apps on other platforms than Android, iOS included if Apple lost the momentum and wanted you too, but you'll never be able to take something iOS or Windows specific and make it run on Android.

Naturally this only applies to apps that cannot be cross compiled for all the mobile platforms or is otherwise exclusive, but the truth remains that the more open source an app is (or the environment running the app), the more it can be co-opted and added to a closed source OS.

Windows has a lot more to gain in this way now, as it's far behind the curve for mobile devices, but that only makes for a closer comparison to the early power pc OS-X

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by zima on Tue 18th Oct 2011 23:35 in reply to "Reminds me of OSX"
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2005-07-06

Now the same is happening on Android versus iOS / Windows. You could run Android apps on other platforms than Android, iOS included if Apple lost the momentum and wanted you too, but you'll never be able to take something iOS or Windows specific and make it run on Android.

Not exactly. Read about GNUStep and how it relates to OSX/Cocoa, also google: Sony iOS GNUStep. And/or check out http://snap.sonydeveloper.com/pages/about/ in archive.org (from almost a year ago)

Sure, it's not (it wasn't? Actually, looked like some project in early stages, unveiled accidentally and/or without authorisation and promptly axed because of it) a ready solution by any stretch, but it can be made to work.

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