One of the advantages of running Android apps on top of a virtual machine is that, if you port that VM (which shouldn’t be that hard since the Dalvik VM is open source), you can use Android apps on any other operating system.
This is how we got the Alien Dalvik from the Myriad Group, which was originally supposed to work on top of Meego, but that plan went nowhere after Meego was scrapped by Nokia. Myriad then released version 2.0, which came with support for many other non-Android devices, such as TVs, e-book readers, and even iPads.
Then we also have RIM, which has made its own custom Dalvik VM to support Android apps on their QNX tablets, only requiring [...]
One of the exciting things about the post-PC era market today is the fact that it’s still a young, emerging market forging ahead in often bold directions. The tablet, as a post-PC device, is not even two years old yet, and the landscape is already changing fast! So where are things going? What will the next few years mean for Android and for us as mobile device users? According to a study from Gartner, the five mega-trends that will mark the way we use technology in the future are consumerization, virtualization, cloud computing, app-ification, and the shift to mobile.
Clearly, the biggest trend will be the continuing shift of Android devices to [...]