Hacker Brings Android to the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS Up Next
May 9, 2010 12:10 PM
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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
-- 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
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
(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
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
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
. 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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RE: so what?
5/9/2010 7:26:13 PM
"Apple is going to stop supporting old hardware with their newest OS" This is a commodity device, not some P1 PC. People change their cell phone all the time. I still have a Nokia I purchased in 1999 not in use, but it still works. Would I want to activate it? No. These guys need to build great software. That would make this industry to move forward, not hacking a 3 year old phone.
RE: so what?
5/10/2010 6:57:07 AM
This is only the start of the process, and before much longer, they will have it working on the newest versions of the iPhone as well. With that said, there is a flaw in your logic, which is that many people find just about any dual-core processor to be fast enough for many needs.
Think about it, would you really have a problem using a dual-core Athlon 64 X2 running at 1.8GHz per core with Windows 7 as long as it had 3 gigs of system memory? Sure, it wouldn't be a great gaming machine or anything like that, but for the vast majority of people, the dual-core processor is fast enough for e-mail, web browsing(even with Flash 10.1 enabled), and most things. So, the hardware for this isn't the reason why most end users would replace their machines. The hard drive having problems WOULD be a reason to upgrade, since the cost of paying others for labor makes buying a replacement machine worth the money.
Cell phones are going through the rapid evolution the PC industry was going through back in the 1980s, where current hardware is not fast enough for most people, and that drives people to upgrade. The hardware in the iPhone will probably seem horribly slow in another three years, but it may still be seen as functional by some people. Basically, the hardware is getting fast enough for an "old phone" to be seen as useful. Even my old Palm Treo 680 wouldn't be a problem if the operating system were replaced with something newer.
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