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  • This Case Will Let You Run Android on Your iPhone



    For anyone that has been interested in trying out Android, but doesnít want to give up their iPhone, one designer and developer may have come up with a solution.

    Nick Lee is an adventurous fellow, to say the least. Heís a designer and developer that works for Tendigi, a mobile design and development studio, and heís been featured here before, thanks to his previous work putting Windows 95 on an Apple Watch. This time heís playing around with an iPhone, and heís managed to get Googleís competing platform, Android, up and running on the device.


    Thereís plenty of work that goes into something like this, but for the folks out there that are interested in the finer details on how to get it to work, Lee went into great detail right here. The condensed version is that Lee made a 3D-printed case, put a single-board computer in it, with a battery, and then used the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) to get Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow running on an iPhone.


    The iPhone connects to the computer through USB, and the 3D-printed case has seen plenty of revisions down to its current state, which is about the size of a standard battery case. Except this case also features a microSD card slot, and ports for HDMI and USB. Thereís also a 650mAh battery to power the computer.

    The result, once the iPhone is slotted into the case and plugged in, is Android on an iPhone. Lee just has to launch the Tendigi app on the iPhone and thereís the Android user interface. Unfortunately the touch responsiveness isnít fantastic, and there are some pretty bold black bars at the top and bottom of the screen, but otherwise itís Android running on an iPhone.

    Check out the video above to see it in action!

    [via The Verge; Tendigi]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: This Case Will Let You Run Android on Your iPhone started by Caiden Spencer View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. oneduality's Avatar
      oneduality -
      To me this isn't really android running on an iphone.. it's an android device sitting below the iphone and it's using the USB connection as sort of a remote desktop / vnc application.. which explains the latency.. it's neat, but I could so something similar using VNC and taping an actual android device to the bottom of my phone ..

      Not putting it down.. it's clever but waaaay too thick to be practical .. I just wanted to point out it's not really running android on the phone.. it's probably making use of the vnc protocol over usb.
    1. therandy's Avatar
      therandy -
      In what world would anyone want android OS on iPhone hardware?!?!?

      I've always said, that if I can have iOS on some of these badass android phones they're making, I'd do it in a heartbeat. The iPhone hardware/design is seriously behind the curve, even though it pains me to say that.

      iOS is far superior to Android OS. IMO
    1. vcf's Avatar
      vcf -
      Quote Originally Posted by therandy View Post
      In what world would anyone want android OS on iPhone hardware?!?!?

      I've always said, that if I can have iOS on some of these badass android phones they're making, I'd do it in a heartbeat. The iPhone hardware/design is seriously behind the curve, even though it pains me to say that.

      iOS is far superior to Android OS. IMO
      Yea I agree, iOS on android phone would rock...
    1. WHUDS's Avatar
      WHUDS -
      Quote Originally Posted by vcf View Post
      Yea I agree, iOS on android phone would rock...
      Nope probably would not since iOS is scaled for iphone hardware only, Android is scaled for 100's of devices
    1. Hondamaker's Avatar
      Hondamaker -
      Quote Originally Posted by therandy View Post
      In what world would anyone want android OS on iPhone hardware?!?!?

      I've always said, that if I can have iOS on some of these badass android phones they're making, I'd do it in a heartbeat. The iPhone hardware/design is seriously behind the curve, even though it pains me to say that.

      iOS is far superior to Android OS. IMO
      The only way Android can run reliably is on an iPhone. LOL.
    1. SepticTank's Avatar
      SepticTank -
      Man... You guys need to get over yourselves. Seriously.
    1. RyoSaeba's Avatar
      RyoSaeba -
      Quote Originally Posted by therandy View Post
      The iPhone hardware/design is seriously behind the curve, even though it pains me to say that.
      May I ask what are these hardware that's behind the curve? And please don't tell me that a Snapdragon 810 beats the A9 because it runs at higher GHz or 4GB ram on Android is better then 2GB ram on iOS.

      As for all the other niche "hardware," it's just not needed by the majority and I certainly did not miss my LG G3's removal battery nor SD card slot. Not one bit. And I certainly don't miss having to reboot every time I change my SIM or have to use a passcode or pattern if I setup a VPN. You know the only thing I really miss though, it the IR blaster. That's the only thing Apple should add.

      As for design, that's purely personal taste. I've had my fair share of Android devices but still like the iPhone 6+ design way more (IMHO of course).
    1. therandy's Avatar
      therandy -
      Behind the curve on a more basic level my friend. The A9 along with its predecessors and successors alike, will ALWAYS destroy the competition. As for the RAM, I don't care about that either. The A series chips in combination with iOS makes things like ram and non-concern for me.

      When I stated hardware, I'm specifically talking about cameras, charging methods, waterproofing, NFC, and others....it's these things that I feel Apple is behind on.
    1. RyoSaeba's Avatar
      RyoSaeba -
      Quote Originally Posted by therandy View Post
      When I stated hardware, I'm specifically talking about cameras, charging methods, waterproofing, NFC, and others....it's these things that I feel Apple is behind on.
      I see where you're coming from. But I don't see anything that's really "behind the curve" honestly. The camera's are still one of the best out there. Sure, the megapixels aren't up there BUT as we all know, a great camera is not all about megapixels, and many comparison sites have proven the iPhone camera (and software) takes one of the best pictures.

      IMO, "wireless" charging is a gimmick at best. You still need to place your phone on a mat that is connected by a cable. That makes using it while charging highly uncomfortable. Until they can beam power to my phone from a few feet away, I feel today's wireless charging isn't truly wireless.

      Waterproofing is another gimmick. I've never dropped my phone in water and the iPhone 6 is proven that it is semi waterproof (i.e. water resistant). I've splashed water on it many times without problems. Many YouTube videos shows iPhone 6's submerge in water and still works.

      NFC is another gimmick that US and UK is trying to push for no reason. In many parts of Asia, you don't need NFC to do electronic payment. Simply pull up a bar/QR code from the payment software (all supports 3D Touch as well so you can pull up the code with 1 press), and let the cashier scan it like any other product. I use it 95% of the time here in China. This way, ANY phone that has a screen can use it. And any vendor (big or small) can use it. We have small mom and pop convenient stores that supports this. No need for extra hardware from the buyer or vendors, and no extra battery usage. I've never ever used it once on my LG G2 or G3.

      Anything else? I'm not trying to be an *** or anything. I'm just saying Android makers are putting gimmicks on their ads trying to make it a "big deal" by saying Apple doesn't have it. But in reality, the majority don't use/need it and only raises the cost of putting those gimmicks in the devices.

      EDIT ADD: Funny I went to YouTube to watch the above vid and it suggested me this vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWYHHNADK04

      You have to admit, for a phone that's not advertise to not be water proof/resistant, it should have no problems surviving a typical toilet drop.