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Columbia students succesfully run iOS apps within Android

updated 01:11 pm EDT, Wed May 14, 2014

Apps 'tricked' into thinking they're in iOS

A group of students at Columbia University have managed to get iOS apps running within Android, reports say. Rather than using an emulator or virtual machine, the students are using Cider, a compatibility layer that simply tricks iOS apps into thinking they're running natively, and hooks into Android's resource libraries. The technology is seamless enough that 3D benchmarking works.

There are two main downsides: most iOS apps run too slowly to be useful, and they also lack access to many hardware features, including GPS. Previous attempts at running iOS titles in Android haven't had much luck however, making Cider a significant step forward.

by MacNN Staff



  1. hayesk

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    Joined: 09-17-99

    Isn't Cider a trademark owned by Transgaming?

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