September 2, 2014

What?! iOS apps running on Android

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Been thinking of making that switch from iOS to Android but can’t break away from those core Apple apps? Well, thanks to some students from Columbia University that may become a reality. Using their Cider compatibility layer they have successfully demonstrated many iOS running on a Nexus 7.

Although the apps run dreadfully slow it shows promise for those who just can’t let go of their idevices. This is still very experimental but has real advantages for users of multiple platforms. The layer tricks the app into thinking is running in it native environment and adapts the code to work with the Android kernel.

There is still much to work on as some features are not available like GPS. Speed is another obvious issue but if the project is worked on further hopeful these will be worked out. Below is a video of Cider being used on a Nexus 7.