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This 3D printed case lets you run Android on an iPhone

By midian182 ยท 4 replies
Jun 8, 2016
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  1. Nick Lee - the CTO of development studio Tendigi who’s known for bringing Windows 95 to the Apple watch – has unveiled another new project that introduces a foreign operating system to an Apple device. This time, Lee has managed to get Android running on an iPhone.

    This latest experiment requires some external hardware to make it work. Namely, a 3D printed smartphone case that connects to the iPhone in question.

    The case contains a Lemaker HiKey - the official reference board of the Android Open Source Project - running a custom version of Android Marshmallow. The board’s 8-core, 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor gives it more than enough power to run virtually any Android app.

    The case also contains a 650 mAh battery, a boost converter, and a resistor. It even comes with HDMI and USB ports, as well as an SD card slot. Essentially, the iPhone is acting as an external display and control device, while the case is powering the Android OS.

    The original design was incredibly bulky, but Lee managed to reduce the size to that of most standard smartphone battery cases.

    As you can see in the video, Lee boots into Android using a custom Tendigi app from the iPhone’s home screen. The OS doesn’t exactly move along at a snappy pace, and running a customized version of Android on an iPhone probably won’t have many uses, but it’s still an impressive technical feat.

    You can read more about Lee’s project here. He said he would consider building a more aesthetically pleasing consumer version if there was interest.

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  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,158   +829

    How is "this 3D printed case lets you run Android on an iPhone", it's an additional board and in the end the only thing that takes from the iPhone is it's screen and touch capacities.

    It should be more like "Using a really cheap board and a 3D printed case to run android on your really expensive iPhone's screen".

    Yeah... most standard smartphone battery cases for a 1995 model, I mean seriously??
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2016
    wastedkill and Reehahs like this.
  3. Badvok

    Badvok TS Booster Posts: 159   +57

    In the same way that this is running Android on an iPhone, I can run Windows 10 on any iPhone or Android (aka the Remote Desktop App).
  4. ForgottenLegion

    ForgottenLegion TS Addict Posts: 128   +119

    Pointless. Such a downgrade too.
  5. Hollow

    Hollow TS Rookie

    Great, an OS emulator on iphone. That was a great challenge but I don't see anyone using it any day soon. This must be amazingly slow too.

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