[LAU] Just got Android tablet for Christmas

Neil C Smith neilcsmith.net at googlemail.com
Thu Dec 18 17:13:26 UTC 2014

On 18 December 2014 at 15:25, Paul Davis <paul at linuxaudiosystems.com> wrote:
> In the case of Android, there is also the fact that Google chose to make
> Java the runtime environment. It isn't impossible to build and run "native"
> (i.e. non-Java) applications for Android, but the platform certainly isn't
> on your side if you want to do this.

Except that isn't really true either.  The Android VM isn't Java -
it's Dalvik which is a completely different beast with it's own
bytecode format, and rather a lot slower.  The libraries are only
partially based on the Java API (eg. nothing graphical is).  About the
only thing that's really Java in Android is the language itself ...

> This means that "simple" ports of
> desktop applications (at least those not written in Java already) is not
> necessarily trivial, and could actually be quite hard.

... which all means that even porting a desktop application written in
Java would be far from trivial.

Best wishes,


Neil C Smith
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