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  • Android on the iPhone 3G - Progress Report


    planetbeing recently let us know he had Android dual booting on the iPhone 2G (the original). He has now posted a picture showing progress on the 3G. The image shows an iPhone 3G booting into a BusyBox / Buildroot shell, and shows WiFi working.

    BusyBox is a tiny binary which combines small optimized versions of many common UNIX utilities into one package, which let's the developer interact with the device without having a full GUI environment operating.

    He's able to talk to the baseband, although only through the debugging channel at the moment. This means calls can be made.

    The to-do list is small now:
    I'd still like to get the WM8991 codec working for it in openiboot (shouldn't be much trouble since there's a datasheet), just so we can iron out any quirks before testing it inside the kernel. We also need a new multi-touch driver (they've upgraded from Zephyr to Zephyr2). After that, we'll have a working port of Android.
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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Android on the iPhone 3G - Progress Report started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 65 Comments
    1. lillewis51's Avatar
      lillewis51 -
      and news on working on the 2g port?? i dont really see why he is porting an alpha level os to another phone before getting all the functionality to work. ex: the sd card error, unable to connect to the iphone memory for contacts, messages and music, no camera. it just seems pointless to port it to the 3g and 3gs when its still useless...
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Well I always thought it was strange why a person would put Windows XP or any Microsoft OS and that chime on a MacBook etc its just cool to do! Bring it on Android/iPhone
    1. Bill69's Avatar
      Bill69 -
      anyone know how close they are to 3gs?
    1. PM5K's Avatar
      PM5K -
      Quote Originally Posted by xxtkevinxxte View Post
      reason we boot android on a beautiful apple device is because we are limited by default on the capabilities of the iPhone. by jailbreaking we seek to unlock full potential of the iPhone, and we're just exploring each branch one by one, and droid on the iPhone is one branch.
      Well said.

      This is no skin of your back, it doesn't cost you anything or take up any of your time, if someone else wants to spend their time doing something like this it's their prerogative.

      Quote Originally Posted by c.e.p View Post
      why do so many people have iphones? For the software or the hardware?

      Personally its software. Although it is very limited, a jailbreak makes the iphone incomparable to anything else out there. So im confused why people want android on their phone. Pretty cool though.
      Exactly right and you don't even know it. Android IS part of the software that makes the iPhone platform so cool. I can do what Apple wants me to do through the App store, and I can do what they don't want me to do through Cydia/Rock etc.

      This is one of the many pieces of software that are available that make the iPhone so cool.
    1. RockMeOn's Avatar
      RockMeOn -
      who is interesting in installing Windows on my MAC....? at least I am not...!!! So stop installing Android too
    1. carolinamic's Avatar
      carolinamic -
      Hats off to planetbeing for doing a knock out job on the android os so far. I personally can't wait to see it up and running. But with that said I really be pumped if he was doing this with WebOS instead. But that's just my thoughts.
    1. PM5K's Avatar
      PM5K -
      Quote Originally Posted by RockMeOn View Post
      who is interesting in installing Windows on my MAC....? at least I am not...!!! So stop installing Android too
      Whoever wrote Bootcamp was obviously interested.
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      Hurrah! The light at the end of the tunnel is much closer...really, the major kick up Apple's *** would be for this to work on the 'yet to be released 4G'...

      This has already paved the way (as have a few other stuff) for what can and can't be done on the iphone, bringing it to closer to true jailbroken freedom!
    1. ModJoe's Avatar
      ModJoe -
      ... these guys doing that impressive stuff are really cool,
      but honestly who wants Android at his iPhone ?
      i bought my iPhone cause its having a cool Hardware and a perfect Usability.
    1. jaylen555's Avatar
      jaylen555 -
      lol so i download everything to make it work but the readme is just like whoa.haha i read but i dont even know what to do lol.
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      For those wondering why we would want Android OS on the iPhone, let me ask you this question:

      why does a dog lick his balls?...

      ... because he can ^_^
    1. loop4444's Avatar
      loop4444 -
      YES!!! cant frikin wait
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      This is awesome. The people who do this kind of thing (porting, jailbreaks etc) are pure genius!

      I can't to go up to my mate who works at the Apple store (and worships Jobs) and say "mate, check out this new app, its about robots and ****..."
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ModJoe View Post
      ... these guys doing that impressive stuff are really cool,
      but honestly who wants Android at his iPhone ?
      i bought my iPhone cause its having a cool Hardware and a perfect Usability.
      so then if so, why are you here in a jailbreak community where its all about mods and changing everything of that perfect software and hardware to something even greater?
      is your phone jailbroken? why did u do that and not leave it plain?
    1. oneduality's Avatar
      oneduality -
      Because your opinion is the same as everyone's? .. Actually I know a lot of people who install windows on mac because they have to for some reason or another.

      I dual boot windows on my mac because as a long time musician there are some software packages I've gotten used to and I'm just more efficient at in the windows environment. I'm moving away from it slowly, but still .. we all have our reasons.. Why do I want to install Android on my iPhone? because I can...
    1. PeeceKeeper's Avatar
      PeeceKeeper -
      Quote Originally Posted by k.nitsua View Post
      For those wondering why we would want Android OS on the iPhone, let me ask you this question:

      why does a dog lick his balls?...

      ... because he can ^_^
      EXCELLENT analogy my friend! I'm personally dying for this to come out of alpha into beta before I try putting it on my 3G.

      I love my iPhone, but I highly dislike Apple. Tell me, how many times has Microsoft busted down a blogger's door when he wasn't home because he had leaked some info on the next Windows OS?

      When I first got my iPhone, I was an Apple fanboy. Now, ever since they've been making the leash shorter and shorter, its been suffocating.

      To be honest, I'm waiting 'til AT&T releases a subsidized version of either the Google Nexus One or the HTC Desire (not everyone can afford the unsubsidized version). The hardware specs stomps on Apple's iPhones, and Google's "Developer Freedom" sounds very appealing to both developers and tech savvy consumers like myself.

      So in the meantime, I plan on porting to Android as soon as possible, atleast until I can have the N1/Desire.

      As for anyone that has a problem with this - this is merely my opinion. To each his own. LoL remember the war between Berry users and iUsers!?!
    1. itmustbejj's Avatar
      itmustbejj -
      Quote Originally Posted by PeeceKeeper View Post
      EXCELLENT analogy my friend! I'm personally dying for this to come out of alpha into beta before I try putting it on my 3G.

      I love my iPhone, but I highly dislike Apple. Tell me, how many times has Microsoft busted down a blogger's door when he wasn't home because he had leaked some info on the next Windows OS?

      When I first got my iPhone, I was an Apple fanboy. Now, ever since they've been making the leash shorter and shorter, its been suffocating.

      To be honest, I'm waiting 'til AT&T releases a subsidized version of either the Google Nexus One or the HTC Desire (not everyone can afford the unsubsidized version). The hardware specs stomps on Apple's iPhones, and Google's "Developer Freedom" sounds very appealing to both developers and tech savvy consumers like myself.

      So in the meantime, I plan on porting to Android as soon as possible, atleast until I can have the N1/Desire.

      As for anyone that has a problem with this - this is merely my opinion. To each his own. LoL remember the war between Berry users and iUsers!?!
      I completely agree with your sentiments. I still love my iPhone, but I've grown less and less fond of Apple (and my carrier AT&T). The more I learn about them, the less I want to support them as a company. As far as the iPhone OS having superior software, everything superior about the software on my phone has come directly from the jailbreak community, whether it be current jailbroken apps or jailbroken features Appple has incorporated into its operating system.

      If we could take some of the amazing minds we have in the jailbreak community and apply them to developing on an open platform like Android, the iPhone to Android comparison would be like dial-up to broadband.

      Take the JB out of the iPhone what do you have? A limited, boring device that will never realize it's potential.
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      Quote Originally Posted by itmustbejj View Post
      I completely agree with your sentiments. I still love my iPhone, but I've grown less and less fond of Apple (and my carrier AT&T). The more I learn about them, the less I want to support them as a company. As far as the iPhone OS having superior software, everything superior about the software on my phone has come directly from the jailbreak community, whether it be current jailbroken apps or jailbroken features Appple has incorporated into its operating system.

      If we could take some of the amazing minds we have in the jailbreak community and apply them to developing on an open platform like Android, the iPhone to Android comparison would be like dial-up to broadband.

      Take the JB out of the iPhone what do you have? A limited, boring device that will never realize it's potential.
      Very true mate, I agree completely. I still think the iphone does what it does brilliantly, but I don't think I could live with a stock 3G on 3.x. If I removed my jailbreak now, I'd miss SBSettings, backgrounder, winterboard, music controls etc - I'd have to jailbreak again!

      OTOH, even though android is much more open and less restricted, I can't help but feel it is just a fancy phone. OK, I now the iPhone (duh) is a fancy phone, but it feels more like an all in one device with a phone as one of the many features. I just don't like the look of android, but I will without a doubt be dual booting it onto my 3G when this comes out so I can have a proper play around with it!
    1. iPhonePilot's Avatar
      iPhonePilot -
      Quote Originally Posted by almyz125 View Post
      All i have to say to you sir is where are your home screen widgets in you much more detailed iphone os? Where is the customization(... home screen background)? And of course when i say this i am not counting a jail broken phone. I would not say iphone os is more detailed, of course the perception of ugly or beauty is subject to opinion and matters little, but i would have to say android is much more detailed and just an all around more functional and more detailed os.
      AGREEEEEEED!!!

      I'll give it to you- iPhone device beauty= Yes; A+++++

      OS Software= Android eats it alive in just about every category!!! - customization, speed, looks, etc, etc...
    1. reyg25atx's Avatar
      reyg25atx -
      30 lives!