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April 22, 2010

Android on an iPhone

A member of the iPhone Dev Team, a group of hacker that develop software for jailbreaking iPhone, managed to install Android on a first-generation iPhone. David Wong replaced Apple's bootloader with the open-source OpeniBoot so that he could install a different operating system. He also used a version of the Linux kernel ported to the iPhone in 2008.

"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. Maybe we can finally get Flash," says David.

This is one of the many benefits of an open-source software: people can modify it and use it in new, interesting ways. You can install Android on a Windows Mobile phone, on an iPhone, on a notebook and on many other devices.

11 comments:

  1. Why not just buy a phone that has the software you want? Personally I am sick of people stammering for an iPhone and complaining they don't like Apple policies. Android and webOS are much better platforms.

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  2. Sounds like quite the upgrade to me. Flash? Haha

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  3. Quite interesting, but mostly useless. Apple will never ship iPhone with Android and just a few users will replace the OS of their phones. If you want an Android phone then go buy it from an official vendor. It will probably be much cheaper than an iPhone.

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  4. I really don't think this will become popular at all. It won't go beyond few geeks, who want to try such stuff just for the craze of it.
    Anyways it could be a possible violation of the terms of Iphone and can lose your warranty.

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  5. That is just amazing. This is freedom.

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  6. The freedom on software...

    so, is Android compatible with anydevice?

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  7. Not necessarily, but those who want to make it work can modify the source code, write some drivers and port Android to other devices. Wikipedia has a list of devices that run Android: e-book readers, tablets, netbooks, Windows Mobile devices, Openmoko phones. There's also a TV that runs Android.

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  8. It's not meant to be for the masses you dumb asses! It's about cool geek hacks and playing around with technology.

    Obviously if your not the sort of person who could be fucked hacking phones then you would just get an Android to begin with, but its about doing cool things with technology.

    Keep up the development I say.

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  9. really don't think this will become popular at all. It won't go beyond few geeks, who want to try such stuff just for the craze of it.

    iphoneservisi.org

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  10. A usable iPhone at last, who would have thought LOL

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