How to run Android apps without Android

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How to run Android apps without Android

Myriad has debuted a platform dubbed “Alien Dalvik” that allows users to run Android apps on external operating systems.

Unfortunately, the software will only be commercially available for MeeGo later this year, with support for other OS’s expected to be announced over the coming months.

“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,” explained Myriad CEO Simon Wilkinson.

“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.”

Sounds good in theory, right?

But seriously, what are the chances that say, oh, Apple would approve Alien Dalvik for iOS devices like the iPhone or iPad?

And it isn’t exactly like the masses are clamoring for MeeGo mobile merch, so really, who and what is Myriad targeting?

Symbian? BlackBerry? Could be, yeah. 

Also, it might be somewhat cool if say Windows or OS X users could run Android apps on their PCs, but the rather sparse official press release gives absolutely no indication that Alien Dalvik will offer such capabilities.

Still, the concept of running Android apps without Android is quite a sweet one, so we’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed until next week, when Myriad is expected to demo (and talk up) Alien Dalvik at MWC 2011 in Barcelona.