Hack case gets an iPhone to run Android

Hack case gets an iPhone to run Android
Nick Lee is a big fan of hacking together unholy alliances, even if no one ever asked for them. His last trick was to load up Windows 95 on an Apple Watch, which was terribly useless but somewhat interesting as a proof-of-concept. His latest feat is to create a case which will allow users to boot Android on an iPhone.

Interestingly, Android runs basically as an app within iOS on the iPhone that Lee shows off. It even runs relatively well, considering it appears to be Android 4.1 Jelly Bean running on the iPhone. The hack is enabled by a pretty thick case that Lee built to get around the technical limitations of the iPhone. Because of the case, Lee was able to get the iPhone to run third-party executable code, which in this case was Android. The whole process took Lee 45 hours to make work, which is very impressive. 

Lee claimed that he was interested in getting this hack to work because he was tired of the Android vs iOS tribalism (aren't we all?) Lee wanted to build it so users could have both iOS and Android on the same device. The case is a cool proof-of-concept, but it seems unlikely to go further than that, so don't expect to be able to buy one any time soon. 


source: The Next Web

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22 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"Lee claimed that he was interested in getting this hack to work because he was tired of the Android vs iOS tribalism" Trolls all around are fueling the wars. But I think techiexp and mxypltk would make a good couple.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Lee lied, Android is running on a board inside that red case. So in reality Android is not running at all on the iPhone.

14. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Don't forget tedkord, SIGPRO, AlikMalix, Kumar123.. and so much more :D

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You're wrong.

23. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Best response ever. 10/10

2. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Isnt that an android emulator? Is it using the iphones connector as a dual display/input? for the real work...the case.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That's exactly correct. The small board (SBC) in the red case is running Android.

3. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Lol it lags

6. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Well it is not optimized for the phone so of course it is going to lag

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

#Excuse #Native

11. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

#Troll

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

#Butthurt

21. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You just described yourself, pretty darn funny

7. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Basically, the iPhone provides power, and all the hardware except CPU and RAM I guess.

9. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

What will happened if that phone tried running Samsung TW?

12. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Apple's hardware is more than capable of handling TW easily. Besides TW is alot more lighter and polished than it was.

10. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

I guess, it's only the iphone's display being used here .. not the full hardware ..

15. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

lol, lags as much as on true Android-devices.

16. omar98

Posts: 71; Member since: Aug 28, 2011

I've had my galaxy s6 for a year and it never lagged once

17. mawi2013

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

well at least we have a good use for an iphone now

18. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

So now you can use Android apps on iOS, but you can't use iOS apps on Android. I wonder if he can send SMS or make a call using this method.

22. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

The iPhone isn't really running Android. The iPhone is just the input controller for the raspberry pi, or whatever circuit board is in that case. Cool concept, but dual boot devices haven't been very popular.

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