Custom Built Case Allows Android to Work With an iPhone

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Developer and Tendigi CTO Nick Lee, who previously got an Apple Watch to run Windows 95, today showed off a new project he's been working on, which allows Android to work with an iPhone using a specialized iPhone case.

As seen in the video below, Lee created a 3D printed iPhone case and outfitted it with a built-in Lemaker HiKey board, a battery pack, and other hardware so it could support a version of Android. The case plugs into an iPhone's Lightning port, turning the iPhone into a display and emulating touch events on Android. While the iPhone is able to display the Android operating system, the Android OS itself is powered by the hardware in the case.


Lee outlines the case's creation process in a detailed post on Medium, explaining that he figured out how to clone the Android Open Source Project to make a customized version of Android Marshmallow, which is what is displayed on the iPhone.

Over several design iterations and experiments with 3D printing, Lee was able to shrink the case containing the parts down to a reasonable size and perfect the connection between the case and the iPhone. The result is an relatively thick iPhone case that lets the iPhone display and control a full version of Android.

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Like Windows 95 running on the Apple Watch, Lee's Android case is conceptual and not practical for real world use, but it's an interesting take on getting Android to work with an iPhone.

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55 months ago
They're doing it wrong. Would much rather have iOS on an s7 Edge.
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55 months ago
It's like putting the pig on the lipstick.... wtf?? lol..
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55 months ago
"Yeah, yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should." - Dr. Ian Malcolm
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55 months ago
But....why
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55 months ago
This is the most useless thing ever.
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Developer and Tendigi CTO Nick Lee, who previously got an Apple Watch to run Windows 95 ('https://www.macrumors.com/2016/04/29/apple-watch-windows-95/'), today showed off a new project he's been working on, which allows Android to run on an iPhone using a specialized iPhone case.

The result is an relatively thick iPhone case that lets the iPhone run a full version of Android.

Like Windows 95 running on the Apple Watch, Lee's Android case is conceptual and not practical for real world use, but it's an interesting take on getting Android to run on an iPhone.

I really do think this is a cool proof of concept, but let's talk semantics for a minute... Saying that the iPhone is "running Android" doesn't seem to be exactly true, the way I understand this.

What he's done is hijacked the iPhone's display and input functions and basically turned the iPhone into an (admittedly touchscreen) "Target Display Mode" device. The real Android OS resides on and is running on his added-on board which resides in the external case. This is quite a bit different (though not necessarily worse) than the emulator running Win95 on the Apple Watch.

Does this sound about right, or did I miss something?
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