Last Updated: August 2nd, 2012

Myriad is continuing their quest to make Android apps run on just about everything with the release of Alien Dalvik 2.0. The latest operation system in their crosshairs is none other than iOS -- specifically the iPad branch of iOS. That's right, Android apps on an iPad.

I can sense your skepticism over the internet (it's a new WordPress plugin) so perhaps some background info will make this a little more believable: Myriad is a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance, a Google-assembled group of companies that support Android. They aren't some no-name company. This isn't their first time porting Android to where it doesn't belong; the previous version of Alien Dalvik got Android apps up and running on MeeGo. It was never used for anything commercial (nothing related to MeeGo was) but it did work. Also, Dalvik, Android's virtual machine, was designed from the start to be platform independent. It was made for stuff like this. Myriad is just doing the work of porting it to various operating systems.

They'll be demoing this October 11th-13th at CTIA 2011. So be sure to look for it under the avalanche of Nexus Prime news.

In the meantime please enjoy this press release.

Myriad’s Next Generation Alien Technology Brings Android to Apple

Myriad Alien Dalvik 2.0 to extend Android apps to tablets, TVs, automobiles and more, creating new revenue opportunities and opening up Android ecosystem to new sectors

Alien Dalvik 2.0 to remove technological barriers to create consistent user experiences and mobilize content across multiple platforms and screens, taking the headache out of fragmentation and content management

Myriad to demo Android apps on Apple iPad, for the first time, at CTIA Enterprise & Applications 2011

ZURICH, Switzerland – October 06, 2011 - Myriad Group AG (SIX: MYRN), a global leader in mobile technology having shipped over 3.8 billion software apps on more than 2.2 billion phones, today unveils Myriad Alien Dalvik 2.0. Building on the successful launch of Myriad Alien Dalvik, Myriad’s latest Alien release 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 will be showcasing Alien Dalvik 2.0 and its multi-screen strategy, demonstrating Android apps on Apple iPad for the first time at CTIA Enterprise & Applications 2011 next week.

“We have seen incredible momentum in Android adoption, but we are just scratching the surface,” said Simon Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer, Myriad Group. “Digital screens such as Internet-enabled TVs and in-vehicle displays, along with other consumer devices like tablets and e-books are proliferating at an astounding rate. Consumers are driving multimedia evolution and are demanding more converged multi-screen services. With Alien Dalvik 2.0, we are creating a more flexible, consistent user experience by mobilizing content such as live sports, recorded TV shows and on-demand movies, so users can enjoy content seamlessly from one device to the next.”

Alien Dalvik 2.0 is the first step towards creating a single app standard and marks yet another key milestone for Myriad Android innovations. Alien Dalvik 2.0 enables the majority of Android apps to run unmodified using Android Package (APK) files. This in turn allows app store owners and publishers to quickly transcend multiple platforms and screens, leveraging existing software and middleware, all without compromising performance. Furthermore, Alien Dalvik 2.0 enables developers to create once and use many times, while allowing operators, OEMs, and even enterprise to streamline app rollout - taking the headache out of platform fragmentation and content management.

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.

“As demand for multi-screen services grows, and as the telecommunications industry becomes a content business, service providers will have new opportunities to leverage their service delivery platforms and collaborate with content providers to develop converged multi-offerings. Alien Dalvik 2.0 provides a great alternative to OEMs and service providers who want to harness the Android ecosystem, while leveraging existing investments and retaining control of their customer experience,” added Wilkinson.

From application components to complete device integration, Myriad provides best-in-class Android solutions. As a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), Myriad has exceptional expertise in runtimes and has been playing a key role in Android solutions since its early days.

When partnering with Myriad for Android app development or porting, operators, OEMs and app store owners will benefit from Myriad’s broad portfolio of services, strong knowledge of embedded software systems, rich heritage in Java technology and expertise in second screen solutions for Blu-ray and set-top box markets.

Myriad will be showcasing Alien Dalvik 2.0 in action, demonstrating Android on the Apple iPad at this year’s CTIA Enterprise & Applications in San Diego from October 11th-13th at Myriad’s Hospitality Suite at the Hilton San Diego Bay Front, 1 Park Boulevard, directly adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center.


About Myriad Group

Myriad Group AG is a global leader in mobile technology and has shipped over 3.8 billion software applications in more than 2.2 billion mobile phones. Its comprehensive portfolio includes browsers, messaging, Java, social networking, user interfaces and middleware for all types of mobile phones, from ultra-low cost handsets to advanced smartphones.

The company provides both individual components and complete solutions, which enable handset manufacturers and operators to deliver amazing experiences on mobile phones. Myriad also develops USSD-based customer self-care platforms that deliver over 10 billion messages a year to 220 million mobile users across more than 35 mobile operators worldwide.

Myriad was created from the combination of industry leading companies, Esmertec and Purple Labs. It operates worldwide, with offices in Switzerland, France, UK, USA, Mexico, India, UAE, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Australia. Headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, Myriad is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX Symbol: MYRN).

For more information please visit our website: www.myriadgroup.com. You can also follow us on twitter@MyriadGroup and view our YouTube Channel - YouTube.com/myriadgroupmarketing

Myriad Media Contacts:

Kate Hamilton / Jaime Tero

Tel: +1 415 989 9803

Email: [email protected]

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • Joel

    App Store rejection in 3... 2... 1...

    • http://lavadip.com HRJ

      This. Why would Apple approve this VM, or is it only for "rooted" iPads?

  • Ron H in Schenectady

    Doesn't the App Store already have enough apps? Why can't they do this the other way around so we can tap into the iOS apps on Android???

    • Ema Nymton

      Are you on crack? Windows Phone is the platform that's in serious need of apps; it's the #1 thing holding it back. Develop a VM that runs Android or iPhone apps on WP7 and you'd sell a copy of that app for pretty much every WP7/Mango phone on the planet. I'm to the point I'm considering getting a second phone just so I can get the apps I want, but I really love everything else about my Mango phone. (Even the battery life is way better on Mango.)
      I'd give the VM maker money and Google loads of my money via app purchases if I could just get some apps on my phone!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/shahinfadakar Shawn Fadakar

    If this becomes real, fuggit I'm getting an iPos 4S, that camera sounds too irresistible.

    • Coldman

      It'll probably be akin to getting a Mac and running Windows apps in a virtual machine, i.e. not as good as native (and probably half broken for most apps), so I would wait until they demo it and release it to make a decision like that.

      • me

        Your analogy is flawed because Android apps already run in a virtual machine on Android devices. It's just a variant Java virtual machine - it's "running native" on anything they port the virtual machine program over to. The same way that Java exists on Windows, Mac and Linux and apps run identically on each. The different part is the VM underneath.

  • Mike

    Why don't they do this for the HP Touchpad instead? i know CM7 is there, but wouldn't it be sweet to just run android apps on WebOS instead.