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Apple News: Run iOS Apps on Android?!

Some enterprising students may have done what others have yet to do, namely eliminate the barriers between Apple's iOS and Google's Android. The project is called Cider, and through some clever porting of iOS frameworks to Android, native iOS apps can run, although slowly, as native apps on Android. App developers don't have to do anything special (although not all frameworks and features work, such as hardware-specific features) but for a college project, it's quite impressive.

This does point to a day when developers might not need to decide what platform to write to, and instead will just create apps using pseudo code that gets compiled or interpreted at runtime. As smartphones become faster, the lag might not be as big a deal. As an app developer who supports iOS, Android, Kindle, Windows Phone, and Samsung Bada, such cross-platform capability is the Holy Grail!

Cider

Watch their video and you may not believe your eyes. Seeing Apple's iBooks and other "native" iOS apps running on Android seems sacriligeous at first, but after all, Windows runs on Mac hardware, and iTunes runs on Windows, so maybe these barriers are artificial?

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Todd Bernhard is founder of No Tie Software, an app developer specializing in Ringtones and Sound FX including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.