It’s been a few years since we first saw software designed to let you run Android apps on an iOS device. So it’s about time someone figured out how to do the opposite: students at Columbia University have developed a tool that makes it possible to run native iOS apps on an Android device.
The software is called Cider, and it allows iOS apps including iBooks and Apple Remote to run on an Android phone or tablet. In a demo video, you can see those apps and others running on a 2012 Nexus 7 tablet.
Of course, iOS apps aren’t designed to run on Android, so some features may not work properly. But notifications seem to work, and hardware including GPS, touch panels, and graphics chips seem to be supported… to a degree.
The demo video shows that iOS apps seem to be a bit more sluggish than native Android apps.
As a proof-of-concept, it’s pretty impressive demonstration of one operating system mimicking another in order to run “foreign” apps as if they were native. It could also theoretically open the door for Android users to access content available from iTunes and the App Store which isn’t natively available for Android… but I doubt Cider will ever be released as commercial software.