VitaDefiler for Android and what it could mean for the end user
Vita developer Frangar, whom you might know for his work on a bunch of Emulators on the PS Vita, just announced that Vita hackers got VitaDefiler running on Android.
VitaDefiler – What is it?
Alright, at this point, if you don’t remember what VitaDefiler is, that’s perfectly acceptable. VitaDefiler is basically required to run your homebrews on your Vita through the Rejuvenate hack. It is one of the reasons you need your PS vita to be connected to your PC (either via USB or Wifi) in order to run homebrews today.
Why is an Android port of VitaDefiler exciting?
A port of the Rejuvenate to any new platform is of course good news. But I am especially excited by effort towards Android, because it could mean more portability for homebrews on the Vita. Today, in order to run homebrews on your Vita, your Vita needs to be connected, through USB or Wifi, to your computer. This makes the whole homebrew situation a bit awkward. you have this great portable device, but can’t really transport it anywhere without your laptop (or worse, your desktop).
A port to Android opens possibility to have some of the Rejuvenate stack running on your phone. Now, carrying your Android phone wherever you go, that sounds much more realistic than your laptop.
Additionally, one could imagine tiny devices that we would plug to the Vita (battery-powered raspberry Pi ?) running Android, that would autoload everything. (Yeah, that’s definitely a stretch… any skilled devs up to the task?)
All of this is of course wishful thinking at this point. Frangar mentioned the devs need help (specifically a xamarin lincense) to make this port more concrete (potentially an iOS port?). You can reach them on IRC: #vitasdk on freenode