There’s always been a constant want from many technology geeks in the world (and even from customers) for an iPhone running Google’s Android OS. These people (including myself) believe that if a device like this existed, it’d be the perfect marriage between hardware and software. Now, it looks like this dream has become a reality, as developer Nick Lee has created an iPhone case which allows a full-fledged version of Android Marshmallow to run via a special application.
By cloning the Android Open Source Project, Lee was able to create his own version of Android 6.0 which would run on a custom circuit board found on Thingiverse built into a 3D printed case for his iPhone. Then, using a separate battery, a boost converter, and a resistor, Lee accomplished his goal of making a lightweight case for his iPhone while also being able to run Android on his device as his first case attempt was basically the size of your everyday brick.
Both HDMI and and USB ports are built into this board for his make-shift Android-powered iPhone alongside an SD card slot, while sliding a pice of plastic over the delicate board before placing the case on his phone protects all the exposed internals.
Once Lee places the case on his phone, he inserts a Lightning connector into the Lightning port on the iPhone and starts up his custom Tendigi application. Then, he can use his device’s display to operate the customized version of Android and use it like any other smartphone on the planet. Pretty cool, huh?
Of course, this process wasn’t easy. It took Lee multiple days to simply get the internals correct, with many interruptions occurring which led him right back to the drawing board. However, he was ultimately successful in the end and proved to the world that you can, indeed, run Android Marshmallow on an iPhone 6s.
This isn’t Lee’s first rodeo. Previously, he was the one to run Windows 95 on an Apple Watch, something that’s totally out of the ordinary, however proved just how far we’ve come in the world of computing.
If you want to read up on the whole process, check out Lee’s official blog post about the project.
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