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Video shows Android OS running on an iPhone

updated 10:35 pm EDT, Wed April 21, 2010

Flash support said to be in the works

iPhone hacker and Devteam member planetbeing appears to have successfully configured Android to run on an iPhone. The hack utilizes OpeniBoot, a Linux 2.6 bootloader that works with first- and second-generation iPhones. The system provides dual-boot functionality, allowing users to run either the iPhone OS or Android.

Planetbeing admits that the Android OS does not yet run at "production quality" on the iPhone, but "pretty much everything" works. The video shows the host using various Android features such as Wi-Fi connections, search and web browsing. Button layout is still an issue, however, as the iPhone lacks many of the controls common on handsets originally built around Android.

The developers suggest that support for Adobe's Flash technology may be on the way as the project moves forward, although it is still uncertain. Current builds work on the original iPhone and 3G model, while the 3GS will admittedly "take more work."




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  1. chas_m

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    +9

    Interesting

    Clever hackers ... this could be of some interest to those who own original iPhones who might want to keep them up-to-date after OS 4 comes out.

  1. davester

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    He's a

    Smart little monkey.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -7

    Finally!


    NOW you can get something useful done with this phone. They should all come loaded with Android.

  1. garmonbosia

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    in further news,

    grease monkeys have successfully gotten a 1972 volkswagon beetle engine to work in a 2010 Farrarri. Will try it in the space shuttle next.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    The guy did a nice job just to show it

    is possible to run Android on an iPhone. I don't know what practical purpose it would serve for a regular user except to have a very novel device. It must be nice to have such good programming skills. He deserves props.

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  1. sophiedahl

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -19

    Amazing

    This seems to be pretty incredible post here

    http://www.bankruptcyattorneyincalifornia.com/

  1. Ernieboy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    The other way round

    I would have thought it should be the other way round, having iPhone OS on a cheap Android phone. Just like the idea of Hackintosh... No point wasting money buying an expensive phone and ruin it with Android OS.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: The other way round

    Agree. This is probably due to how ugly and thick are the smart phones out there. iPhone is still thinnest and most responsive touchscreen smartphone.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Windows on a Mac

    Equivalent of putting Windows on a Mac, except here, the iPhone is the dominant platform, AS WELL as better hardware.

    There really is no practical reason for doing this, but it is a testament to the tinkering spirit that the true hackers used to be known for. The term 'hacker' has since been hijacked and now has a negative connotation.

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