Unofficial accessory runs Android on an iPhone

Unofficial accessory runs Android on an iPhone (Source: Nick Lee / Tendigi)
Unofficial accessory runs Android on an iPhone (Source: Nick Lee / Tendigi)
Clever use of software and an external logic board allows the iPhone to act as a "video-out" for Android.

An Apple Watch running Windows 95 was neat, but having an iPhone run Android certainly tops it. Hacker and techie Nick Lee has managed to develop a special case for the current generation iPhone 6S Plus that allows it to run Google's popular mobile OS.

Nonetheless, the end result is not a true wipe and replacement of the original iOS as the Android software is running on an external circuit board integrated onto a specially designed case. The iPhone displays the Android software through data exchange via its Lightning connector. Thus, any touch inputs on the screen will transfer data through the Lightning port and to the external circuit board where the heavy lifting is done. In other words, the iPhone is similar to an external display for a laptop.

The case was specially designed with a 3D printer and is a modification of an existing iPhone 6 Plus case. The circuit board is a LeMaker HiKey that is commercially available online. Since Android is open source, the developer was able to modify components as necessary and write an app for iOS to accept video and touch controls through the Lightning port.

The video below shows off the results of Lee's project.


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Florian Wimmer/ Allen Ngo, 2016-06-11 (Update: 2016-06-11)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.