Russian developer bringing some Android love to webOS | webOS Nation

Russian developer bringing some Android love to webOS

by Ryan St. Andrie Tue, 08 Jan 2013 2:47 pm EST

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Over the years we’ve witnessed all kinds of webOS and Android hacking madness. From Android riding shotgun with webOS on a dual-booted TouchPad to Open webOS being fired up on a Galaxy Nexus we have seen all sorts of interesting ways of joining the two operating systems under one proverbial roof. One of the interesting things to come out of webOS going open-source with Open webOS is Phoenix International Communication’s project to get Open webOS running inside Android as an app. However, what if someone did the opposite and booted Android as an app within webOS? Well that is what Russian developer Nizov Nikolay has accomplished with AndroidChroot.

From Nizov’s video posted on YouTube we can see he has successfully booted CyanogenMod 7 onto his Pre 3 as an app within the confines of webOS. Unfortunately being in the alpha state that it is it seems more than a little sluggish and there don't appear to be any of the default Google Apps loaded (no Google Play Store or Google Services). But even without Google services there are plenty of other ways to procure awesome Android apps, like Amazon’s App Store. There's a lot of optimization to be done before you'll want to run any of those apps, so think of this as more of a proof-of-concept project for the time being.

Nizov's project is definitely one we will be keeping an eye on - if it gets running at acceptable speeds it could be an optimtimal solution for the Pre3 lovers among us. Sure, there's the possibility that Open Mobile might someday give use the ability to run Android apps in webOS like they said they would, but why use just the apps when you can use the whole Android operating system? Just something to wrap your brains around for a moment there. In the meantime sit back and watch this pretty cool YouTube video of Nizov Nikolay's Pre 3 taking part in some Android loving awesomeness.

Source: webOS France