Monday, 26 May 2014

We think Cider would be a Best Seller

I was most intrigued to see an article on an emulator software for smart phones to allows apple iOS apps to crossover to android devices.

I can see Apple ever allowing this to happen because they are rapidly loosing the battle with android with 80% of all new phones now running on android.

The software, called Cider, has been created by postgraduate researchers at Columbia Uni.

Cider lets Android gadget owners mix and match the Android and iOS apps they load on their phone or tablet.

The research team said Cider was only a prototype and that they had no plans to turn it into a commercial product.

The team of researchers said they embarked on the project to create Cider to get around the limitations that smartphone and tablet users are forced to accept.

For instance, they said in an academic paper about Cider that Android users cannot get at apps that call on media in Apple iTunes and iOS gadget owners struggle to use Flash-based content.

Cider would let people use just one gadget to access both, said the researchers.

Getting an application written for one operating system to run on another often involves a technique known as virtualisation.

To avoid the performance problems that virtualisation can introduce, the Columbia researchers adopted a different approach that involves the core or kernel of the Android operating system.

This approach works on the stream of instructions passing through an Android device and alters only those relating to the iOS apps. An additional software helper provides some of the specialised data those apps require to work properly.

A demo video produced by the researchers shows both iOS and Android apps running on a Nexus 7 tablet, though some commentators pointed out that the Apple apps run relatively slowly on the device.

Some Apple apps that use the phone's camera, GPS system or Bluetooth perform poorly and the researchers are continuing their work on Cider to fix these problems.

Apples blue tooth has always been a bit ropey and not half as adaptable as my android experience so it probably an apple issue...

I think the key here is the phrase "users are forced to accept". both sides of the iOS android tell us its all about the customer experience but it really all about protecting market share and the customer comes second.

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