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The new Android port to the iPhone relies on OpeniBoot as a boot loader.  (Source: David Wang via YouTube)

Android's home screen -- in action on the iPhone  (Source: David Wang via YouTube)
Apple surely isn't happy about this

Much like the open platform Windows invaded the traditionally closed hardware platform of Apple's Macs -- first unofficially, and then later officially condoned -- Android is now establishing a beach head on Apple's coveted iPhone.

Hacker David Wang, better known as "planetbeing" on the internet, made waves a few weeks ago when he showed off a first generation (2G) iPhone that he got running a modified Android OS kernel.  Wang is well know in the hacking community for being one of the key contributors to the iPhone 3GS jailbreak.  This week he showed off Android running on the iPhone 3G, or the version with the "nasty plastic, easily scratched back", as Wang puts it.

Wang's solution is dual booting.  You can only run one OS at a time.  Wang is using the OpeniBoot tool to manage the multiboot.  Rebooting takes a while because the NAND and FTL (flash translation layer) drivers aren't optimized yet, though Wang feels this will soon change. 

Wang had to port UltraSn0w (from the iPhone Dev Team) into OpeniBoot to get the radio working.  It starts running during the boot process -- this is one of the slowest steps.

Currently almost everything -- including Wi-Fi, internet, SMS, and MMS -- is working in the Android port.  The only thing not working is sound, which is a disappointment as you can't make or receive phone calls.  Don't worry, though -- Wang is promising that he's make major progress in getting the sound fully working and ready for primetime.

There are now several new developers working on this exciting project.  Wang states, "With their help I'm sure we'll be able to bring the system to production quality before too long."

Currently the code has not been published, but Wang plans to release a polished version within the next couple days for public consumption.  Keep checking Wang's website here.

Apple surely won't be happy when they discover what Wang has been up to.  It wouldn't be surprising even, if they try to sue to stop the spread of Android on the iPhone.  Apple has already stated that it believes jailbreaking and unlocking the iPhone to be illegal.  Ultimately, though, it's just one more sign that Android is threatening to do to the iPhone's version of OS X what Windows did to MacOS/OS X on the personal computer.


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Freedom
By HostileEffect on 5/9/2010 12:36:55 PM , Rating: 4
Freedom want, freedom get.




RE: Freedom
By wushuktl on 5/10/2010 6:44:58 AM , Rating: 2
the freedom to run a free OS on a piece of hardware where you paid a premium because of the original OS? who actually wants this?


RE: Freedom
By Chaser on 5/10/2010 8:13:28 AM , Rating: 2
Someone that buys a used iPhone on Ebay that the original owner bought out the contract. Like the one I sold.


RE: Freedom
By MrBlastman on 5/10/2010 8:45:22 AM , Rating: 5
Someone that wants to give the middle finger to Steve, that is who. If enough people do it--load Android on his "precious," Steve's head might actually explode. I say the more the better!


RE: Freedom
By The0ne on 5/10/2010 1:20:40 PM , Rating: 2
If I was much younger as in my college years and have more time on my hands I would definitely contribute or even break/hack the iphone myself. I don't see much difficulty in doing this actually but it would be fun to...as you so eloquently put it "give the middle finger to Steve..."


RE: Freedom
By cheetah2k on 5/11/2010 1:22:09 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe his new Liver will explode too?

Android FTW!


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