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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5/12/2010 6:28:35 PM
What can't apps do in the background?: Remember Android's garbage battery life when it first came out? That's because there really were no restrictions on what kind of resources an app could consume in the background. Since Android 1.5, apps running in the background are capped at using 5-10 percent of the CPU altogether—which is the only major restriction placed on apps in the background. The other is that it's not easy for app to push itself to the foreground—they're supposed to the window shade notifications system.
What can't apps do in the background?: Basically anything not set forth in the seven services. So if it's not VoIP, or background audio or location, it probably ain't running in the background. (It can stay frozen in memory for a speedy return, though. In situations where you don't need it to do anything while you're away, this is just as good.)
Its really not much different.
"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone
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