While it's still early days for the BlackBerry and Android ecosystems, there are already a number of cross-platform mobile apps available in both Google Play and Apple's app stores. However, Cider isn't quite ready to run on these yet. A group of Columbia University students has already developed a prototype Android app using the Cider open source software stack, and the students plan on releasing an early version of their app this summer. By leveraging the Cider software stack, which provides a model-based engine to create cross-platform applications, they hope to provide a platform for Android developers as well as independent mobile application developers to build a variety of applications with native code and use the Cider engine to compile it for optimal performance.
Google's Android operating system compatibility architecture makes it easier for organizations like Columbia University to ship their iOS apps as smoothly as possible. However, Apple's own ios apps have hit a snag recently, largely due to problems with its Safari browser. Although there's no clear indication yet that the company will ditch Safari, Cider developers speculate that the company may decide to kill off its iOS software. With the recent acquisition of Neograft, a major cosmetic surgeon firm, by Apple it seems more likely that the company is gearing up for a full wipeout of its competitor. If Cider is able to continue to develop state of the art cross-platform mobile apps that stay updated with Apple's updates, it may be able to survive the rivalry between two powerful companies.