The iPhone Now Runs Android [Video]

Steve Jobs may hate Android (and Google) but this doesn’t stop Steve’s iPhone from running on Android OS. As unbelievable as it may sound but, iPhone hacker and Linux fan PlanetBeing has finally managed to run Google’s Android operating system on the iPhone. You can now dual boot and run Android on your iPhone. He says flash MAY also be supported.

The iPhone Now Runs Android

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.

The Android-on-iPhone hack is a notable technical accomplishment, but it’s not likely to transform the industry or alter what mainstream users do. It does indicate, though, that the hacking ethos is alive and well despite Apple’s attempts to keep its gadgets locked down.

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.

Want to help out with this? You can donate to planetbeing at planetbeing at gmail.com or go to #iphonelinux on irc.osx86.hu.

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