Android on the iPhone

Android, on the iPhone? We’ve covered iPhone Linux before… and if you look back, we mentioned the possibility of porting Android to the iPhone (even way back in 2008!). Well we are proud to announce that The Future is Now! The details are a little slim so far, but the iPhone is seen running a stock Android 1.6 install (Donut), and has support for Wifi, GSM networks, and even uses openiBoot to dual boot to the regular iPhone OS if you aren’t particularly committed. Right now the developers are considering it an Alpha version, and have provided all you need to perform this particular brand of Cult of Apple heresy. One catch though, the developers say that they only have it working on the 2G models, so sorry all you 3G(S) folks (for now). Dont get too down, and keep an eye open, something like this is bound to attract new talent to push the movement.

Anyone out there with a 2G and some free time? We would love to see some users showing off Hackaday on their hacked up iPhone!


  1. DigitalKlepto says:

    I applaud the effort greatly. I look forward to the continued progress in getting an alternative OS to the iPhone and the completion of this project. From what it looks like, this is basically the same as running the Android in a Virtual Machine on a PC. I believe I have the exact image, or a similar image on my laptop that I run in a VM just to mess around. Having fully functional Android on an iPhone is the only way I’d ever purchase an iPhone. I’ve become too accustomed to my phone actually being my phone, and not the carrier’s phone. Keep up the good work.

  2. chrelad says:

    Nice! :D

  3. RHF says:

    Haha, more poo in apple’s face. Maybe the first?

  4. sethj says:

    Fantastic! We need more work like this, showing these companies that closed platforms get replaced!

  5. Andrew says:

    This would work a lot better if the iPhone had a few more buttons. It still works pretty well considering.

  6. Kiah says:

    Wonder if this would work on the Ipod Touch?

    Time for me to open up that chained off section of my brain called linux.

  7. Pete says:

    Great work anyone know the details as to why it can currently only run on the iPhone 2G I am under the impression the 3G was basically the same hardware.

    Anyway hopefully someone can figure out a way to get it on the new ones so I could dual boot until I get a true Android phone when my contracts up.

  8. Max says:

    I give this a day, maybe two before it shows up on Engadget.

  9. therian says:

    Seriously? really? Out of all great platforms they wasted time on iphone…

    “Fantastic! We need more work like this, showing these companies that closed platforms get replaced!”
    “Haha, more poo in apple’s face”

    What!? This is like showing anger by leaving large tip to the waiter who visibly spit in you soup. pathetic

  10. Jesss says:

    I’ll be the first to say that once this hack is available for the iPad, I actually might want one.

    Great work!

  11. Paul Potter says:

    First saw this on The Register. Very impressive, and yes, I’m thinking the iPad too.

  12. Poot says:

    Droid Does HAHAHA

  13. lightning says:

    ive got a 2g and a whole shit load of time and i do like android os… ill do it

  14. Chris says:

    Steve Jobs did say if you want porn, but an Android phone

  15. Moggie100 says:

    WiFi and touch screen drivers – kickass! That’s my iPod Touch completely supported!

    Just gotta see if I can get it on there :D

  16. YaBa says:

    So… now I have a reason to buy iPhone :D

  17. BigBubbaX says:

    Absolutely amazing.
    Luckily, I just had to restore my iPT-2G, So I’ve got little to loose by trying this. It’s about time Linux got running fully on the i devices.

    • Cloudy says:

      iPod Touch 2g isn’t supported yet. Drivers and chipsets vary from device to device. Even if those drivers are supported, ever thought about the NAND? ;-) Not to mention openiboot needs to support the device.

  18. Spider says:

    @YaBa: Really? Why not just buy a phone that already has andriod on it then, i mean if you have to go out and buy something allready in order to do this then why bother getting the iphone? :/

  19. bill says:

    i Love how he is using an iphone 3g/s to video tape his vid about the other iphone lol

  20. Grayda says:

    Given time, 3G and 3GS will be supported. From what I read, they are planning to make OpeniBoot more modular so it can easily be ported to almost any device (OpeniBoot on my PC? Hell yeah! >_>)

    But I eagerly await a 3G release with an easy-to-use installer. Don’t fancy having to crank open the command line. Sure I can do it, but that’s not what I’m after! :P

  21. octel says:

    if you have to ask that question then you don’t really understand what this site is about

  22. Jonchance says:

    LOL I love it, Jobs says if you want porn get an android phone. The community responds with putting android on a iPhone. Gotta love smart assed hackers!

    @spider: The answer is Simple, it is like why does a dog lick himself, … because he can.

  23. Eric says:

    I like this. I have a 3G.
    The reason that I bought an iPhone, was because I wanted to try and get my part of the App Store pie (money). To much competition out there though, and frankly, I’m not going to pay all that money to aple, develop an app in Objective-C, and THEN have my app turned down. Not for me, thanks.
    Good thing I got it for $30 lol, buy it with a cracked screen, replace said screen for $13, not a bad deal.
    OFC, when people see my jailbroken iPhone they always ask ‘How do I get THAT feature?’ Referring usually to Cycorder. They then offer me money to jailbreak. I’m the local jailbreak guy.

  24. Bob says:
  25. Wdfowty says:

    I knew I held on to my 2g for a reason. Right on. Will test soon

  26. Hacker Harry says:

    very nice hack indeed!

  27. AcMav says:

    I agree with Wdfowty, time to crack open the old 2G and slap on Android. And to think I was going to sell that thing way back when

  28. Richard says:

    This is a seriously cool project just for it’s own sake, and if it gets on Steve Jobs’ tits at the same time so much the better. :-)

  29. DigitalKlepto says:


    Thanks for pointing that out. I didn’t actually watch the video on HAD until just now. I found it on another site, and came here to see if it had been posted. The video I watched was not as long as the one posted above and all I saw was the internet browsing. Now that I see it in full…Can I has one?

  30. jim says:

    iPhone finally useful to tech people :3

  31. Leticia says:

    GREAT!!! Microsoft: IN YOUR FACE!

  32. martin says:

    Took a while to get this working, with the vaguish instructions in the readme provided by planetbeing but it is really impressive

    I took my phone into the apple store and most of them didn’t even have a clue that it was possible,

    The main problem at the moment is the power management, the device gets a little hot as wellbut for an alpha release, very polished….i was on the iphonelinux IRC and progress is being made at an amazing rate

  33. octel says:

    what does microsoft have to do with this?

  34. wdfowty says:

    There’s a tutorial out now,
    I’d like to thank all the people at #iphonelinux for the tip. Helpful people, they are.

  35. Clive says:

    I think i will get me a cheap iPhone 2G from eBay and try to get it work :)
    waite for news from me ;)

  36. Josh says:

    i just had to throw this together…. lol


  37. Chris says:

    This is pretty cool, useless but cool. I now wish it would run on 3Gs and iPhone4. I do not have a 3G to test it with :(

  38. jonny says:

    just found this site and can’t believe it. going to test it out:0) does this mean divx and flash is possible now? what will all the benefits be?

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