Myriad Alien Dalvik promises Android apps on MeeGo (with more OSes to come)

Android apps could be getting a much wider audience in the future, with the announcement of Myriad's Alien Dalvik cross-platform system. Billed as offering a seamless way to run Android apps on non-Android phones, Alien Dalvik will launch first on MeeGo later in 2011, but Myriad intends to extend support to a variety of other OSes. They claim that, with generally no modification to the core software required, and only repackaging of the Android APK files necessary, Alien Dalvik apps will run as if native on the new device. Myriad expect to demo Alien Dalvik on an N900 at MWC 2011 next week. [youtube mXWEyKjwk2g] Press Release:
Myriad Announces ‘Alien Dalvik’, Enables Android Apps to Run on Non-Android Phones • Alien Dalvik allows operators, OEMs and application store owners to create new revenue opportunities from Android ecosystem • To be demonstrated for the first time next week at Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona, Myriad Suite AV91 DUEBENDORF-ZURICH, Switzerland – 08 February 2011 - Myriad Group AG (SIX: MYRN), a global leader in mobile technology having shipped over 3.7 billion software applications on more than 2.2 billion phones, today announced the launch of Myriad Alien Dalvik, enabling Android apps to run on non-Android platforms. The launch opens up the Android experience to new audiences, generating new revenue opportunities for mobile operators, OEMs and app store owners. Building on the launch of Dalvik Turbo, Alien Dalvik signifies Myriad’s latest Android innovation by enabling Android apps to operate on a much wider range of platforms and devices. As a result, operators, OEMs and application store owners can now easily access the Android ecosystem and deploy Android applications across multiple device operating systems, all without compromising performance. Alien Dalvik enables the majority of Android applications to run unmodified, allowing application store owners to quickly kick start Android application store services by simply repackaging Android Package (APK) files. 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. 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. “The proliferation of Android has been staggering, but there is still room for growth. By extending Android to other platforms, we are opening up the market even further, creating new audiences and revenue opportunities,” said Simon Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer, Myriad Group. 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 been playing a key role in Android solutions since its early days. When partnering with Myriad for Android application development or porting, operators, OEMs and application store owners will benefit from Myriad’s rich heritage in Java technology and unique Android expertise. Myriad Alien Dalvik will be commercially available later this year on the MeeGo platform. Other platform support will be announced in the coming months. Alien Dalvik will be demonstrated for the first time on the Nokia N900 at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 14th-17th at the Myriad hospitality suite located at The Avenue, Stand AV91.

Android/MeeGo Aava Mobile Medfield Phone Confirmed

Last week a MeeGo prototype was shown off at an Intel sales conference. It was only shown for a moment by senior vice president and general manager of Intel'd Ultra Mobility Group, but there it was. What was this super secret phone? According to Aava Mobile speaking with SlashGear, this phone is ready to be shown off at Mobile World Congress in less than two weeks (we'll be there). But what IS IT?! It's a 8.9mm-thick touchscreen smartphone that runs both Android and MeeGo.

Nexus S Boots and Runs Ubuntu

Oh my goodness! How would you like your Nexus S, which recently of course booted up MeeGo, to boot you up some lovely Ubuntu? It's totally possible, and it's done by the same dude as did the MeeGo boot! XDA developer forum member, stroughtonsmith — or Steven Troughton-Smith brings us all we need to get started.

MeeGo on Nexus S video demo

The MeeGo on Nexus S project continues, with the dim screen brightness of the first build now tweaked for a far more usable level, and a video demo of GLXGEARS and the Fennec mobile browser in action released. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has been working his magic ironing out the bugs, forcing the screen to run at full brightness so the MeeGo install is at least visible while you're using it. As Steve himself says, it's all looking a little jaundiced at the moment; that seems to be a gamma issue. Still, with Nokia's own MeeGo device still some way off on the horizon, we'll take what we can get. [youtube Q0OMdJDjUA4]

Nexus S Gets MeeGo Install [PLUS How-To Included]

Pros, this is a heads up. If you're into the whole installing of one OS on a competing brand's hardware, this news is for you. It seems that some folks including XDA Developers Forum member stroughtonsmith (aka our friend Steven Troughton-Smith,) and a crack team of other smarties have booted MeeGo unto their Nexus S phones from a rootfs image on their internal memory. Know what that means? No flashing! As our pal Smith notes, MeeGo seems to be the first non-Android OS to be successfully running on the Nexus S.

Nokia Android rumors reignite as Eric Schmidt calls Finland?

The Nokia Android rumors just won't die, and while the general consensus is that the Finnish company wouldn't touch Google's open-source OS with a barge-pole, that apparently hasn't stopped Eric Schmidt trying his luck.  According to TechCrunch, at around the same time as Nokia's VP of MeeGo devices was resigning, Google's CEO was calling to see if he could persuade them to consider Android on future devices.

Nokia has no plans for Android devices

Much of the talk in the smartphone market tends to center on Apple, Android, and RIM devices. Despite the fact that these three tend to grab much of the headlines in the smartphone world, Nokia is still the clear leader in the market.