ANDROID RUNNING on an iPhone? Really? It's true. Sort of. The latest episode in our ongoing series of things running on other things is a doozy, the Holy Grail.
A developer and designer by the name of Nick Lee has come up with a 3D printed case that allows Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 to go where no droid has gone before.
We've come across Nick before. It was he who installed Windows 95 on an Apple Watch which, you may remember, worked but with an hour's boot time.
It's a great workaround to actually flashing Android onto the iOS device. A separate device based on an old LG Nexus 5 is embedded in the case, which then connects to the iPhone via a Lightning Connector and the Tendigi app.
Unplug the Lighting Connector, reboot, and it's an iOS device again.
There's a bit of lag on the touch screen (ah, the heady days of resistive touch!) and the aspect ratio means there are black bars, but it works brilliantly within those parameters.
There's even a USB port, HDMI out and room for a microSD card, all in the case, so it's not dependent on the limitations of the iPhone, which simply becomes a conduit.
WiFi and Bluetooth are handled by the case to avoid the need to create drivers for the iPhone chips.
The baseboard is a HiKey Lemaker Edition, connected to a 650mAh lithium-polymer battery with an integrated protection circuit and a boost converter to create the correct voltage.
The case is an adapted version of an existing design, printed on an XYZ da Vinci 2.0 Duo 3D printer.
Miraculously, the end product is not much bigger than a normal battery case and, while it's not going to win any awards for style, it gets 11 out of 10 for making the seemingly impossible, possible, albeit in a roundabout way. µ
Tabs to more Ctrl and less Win. Such Fn.
Either that or it's a really intense holiday