PlanetBeing claims to have ported a debug version of Android to the iPhone itself, drivers and all, and you’ll find a thoroughly convincing demonstration of his bona fide dual-booting Apple device taking calls, playing music and even surfing the web in the video that follows. While the iPhone isn’t the speediest Google phone around, it’s not all that sluggish, either, and with the iPhone’s hardware buttons remapped to Android controls, PlanetBeing seems to get along just fine.
Video of iPhone Running on Android OS
Currently the hack only works on the original iPhone and it’s not flawless, but there’s hope that it’ll be perfected and implemented on iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS devices in the future. According to him, “it should be pretty simple to port forward to the iPhone 3G. The 3GS will take more work. Hopefully with all this groundwork laid out, we can make Android a real alternative or supplement for iPhone users.“
As you might expect, there are problems with Android on the iPhone. “It’s slightly buggy because I didn’t bother to implement all the Android-specific driver extensions,” he said in the video demonstration. And it’s slow, since he is using a debug version of Android.
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