Aug 21 AT 2:25 PM Dima Aryeh 5 Comments

Columbia University creates system to run iOS apps on Android


While almost all of our favorite apps are now multi-platform, some developers stubbornly stick with iOS and ignore Android entirely. This is nothing new, but it’s getting rarer and rarer as time goes on. Still, wouldn’t it be awesome to run some iOS apps on your Android device?

Though that ability probably won’t come soon, a group at Columbia University has created a system that allows iOS apps to run on an Android device natively. The system, called Cycada, requires a custom kernel and some major system changes to function. Once installed, both Android and iOS apps can be run like they were made for the device.

None of the code is public, and it may not be for a while. One of the group’s members has left to work at Apple, and Apple itself might not be happy about such a thing becoming available. Sadly we may not be able to run iOS apps on our Android devices for a long while. However, we won’t give up hope that someone will release the code.

Via: Android Community

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • BlazeHN

    Incoming Apple sues, Apple sues everywhere

  • BlazeHN

    BTW, which app would you like? I feel interested in the gaming part which is honestly way more complete on iOS than on Android.

    • Dima Aryeh

      Games would probably the only thing I’d really use.

  • SGB101

    Wow them apps are ugly!

  • tmihai20

    I would love to see a game running. It is still a work in progress, since iOS apps are lagging a lot. I am very curious if they use the hardware natively.