Would it make sense for Google to provide an AndroÃ¯d version for the iPhone? Of course, not the complete stack, but just the development framework. Most of the people and especially developers don’t really care about the full stack, but about the interesting part which is of the development framework, as long as it’s well integrated with the rest of the phone.
I am not an AndroÃ¯d expert, but it seems possible for me to adapt this on the iPhone.
- It could be the first AndroÃ¯d platform
- It could provide an easy way to develop applications for the iPhone
- This would solve one of the fragmentation issue
- Because Apple don’t want it?
- Because Google don’t want it?
- The google and Apple gadget are not the same. They both choosen different look and feel for the UI (which is understandable). So which one should we choose for an AndroÃ¯d on IPhone?
- It might be not possible to reach the same level of integration between the application framework and the core system.
This seems possible to me from the technical point of view. First, google could do it. If it’s not Google, some external developer could do it. Of course, we don’t have detailled spec of Google Dalik VM, but it’s not a big issue: we could use an open source JavaVM, and just run some plain Java Code with the Android Framework? It seems that people already started to work on standard VM porting, with this VM porting on iPhone. A good first step, but AndroÃ¯d on an iPhone could be the toy of 2008 for developprs…