Custom-Built Cases that Transform an iPhone into an Android Device

June 10, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Ever thought an Android-running iPhone would remain a dream? The thoughts were not the same for developer Nick Lee, and as a result, we are now having an iPhone device that is actually powered by Android OS.

Nick Lee, who has already been in the limelight for loading various OS into Apple devices, required some heavy customizations although to merge the two rivals. To clear the things for you, loading Android in an iPhone wasn’t as easy like jailbreaking. In fact, it required a dedicated board for itself, and the one used by Lee was a Lemaker HiKey board.

Combining this with a battery pack, a resistor and a boost converter, Lee designed his own iPhone casing and made a 3D print to build the customized Android transformer.  Essentially, the Android doesn’t run completely on the Apple designed chipset, but on the in-built board that’s used in the casing.

androidappleWhat you get as a result is an Android OS running in an iPhone display, but through external hardware. However, it still can make use of the other hardware in iPhone.

The version of Android used is a self-customized Android Marshmallow version. Booting is done by means of custom Tendigi app; an app for which Nick Lee works as the CTO.

This is not the first time Lee has gone through such complex transformations. Earlier, he has powered the Apple Watch with Windows 95 OS. And similar to that transformation, the Android-powered iPhone is only a conceptual work, and won’t be doing good for practical application.

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