This software allows iOS apps to run on Android

As much as the fastest processors and highest definition cameras factor into the smartphone wars, applications have long been a central selling point for many prospective buyers. Six Columbia University students are seeking to change that.

A Samsung Galaxy S5, left, and an Apple iPhone 5c
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9to5Mac reported that these students have "bridged the gap" between Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems, creating software that "essentially fools iOS applications into believing they're running on an actual iPhone or iPad."

Called Cider, the software still has some limitations, but it is only a prototype at this point. Still, it presents a promising first step in eliminating the wall between app stores.

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