Android on the iPhone: What makes “iDroid”?

Android on the iPhone &# 8211; what sounds like the impossible combination of two antagonists, was already a reality: The open source project iDroid made two years ago caused a sensation in the tech world, but since it was always quiet around the project. We look back and look at the current state of.

Android on the iPhone: What makes

About two years ago a project made neat sensation: iDroid. Based on the self-knitted boot loader OpeniBoot that allowed the operation of a Linux kernel in parallel with iOS, managed a troupe hobby developers in April 2010 to collide two worlds and to run Android on some iDevices &# 8211; among other things, the iPhone 3G. Unfortunately, there are not too many good moving image material to the web, but this video should be sufficient to demonstrate how it works.

Even if the last stand was due to massive performance problems, a lack of power management and various bugs still not everyday astonished same Android on the iPhone and iPod Touch devices, the development made at that time many Boyfriend hope that the medium term &# 8211; formulated provocatively &# 8211; best operating system on the best hardware could run on the market.

Unfortunately, it never really came to, because after a few months of development, the project was sleeping more or less as I recently found out from private interest. There have long been no public promising news to hear more, the wiki looks deserted and the GitHub lies fallow. But why bother? An entry in the blog of iDroid team member Nick Pack of mid-month supplies answers.

Executable versions of iDroid based on Android 2.3.3 "Gingerbread" there was for the iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, and iPod Touch 1G. For iPod Touch 2G at least basic work on bootloader and kernel was made. Also on iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G de facto worked, but without significant results.

That the project is broke today, is because the port of Android to the iPhone is a highly complex matter &# 8211; more complex still to port as Android version X to Y Android device. It requires a lot of background knowledge as well as tedious and extremely time-consuming reverse engineering. The people who were involved originally in the project are, jumped to a large extent now, and new heads who want to work without financial gain in mind, are hard to find.

This is of course all a shame because in particular by the availability of software buttons for Android 4.0 Android would win enormously on the iPhone. Especially thanks to the dual boot option also people could have won that the Google OS otherwise avoid like the plague an insight into Android. So're sorry, but remains only a project corpse of "That would be nice&# 8217; s has been "tattooed on his forehead. But who knows &# 8211; maybe the one or the other hobby developers of pleasure will at some point have to, to take over the project? The interest of two huge communities and the media would certainly them.

Who has the desire and the necessary skillset to participate, can stretch its tentacles in the corresponding IRC channel &# 8211; the address and other contact options for iDroid Project can be found in the wiki.

Android on the iPhone &# 8211; The one interesting project or is invested in energy is totally unnecessary? Your opinions in the comments.

Sources: iDroid Wiki, 0xDEADFA11


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