If you are an iPhone user who is currently suffering from Android envy, you don't need to trade in your beloved iPhone 6 in order to use Google's operating system. There is now an iPhone case that allows Android to run on an Apple device.
Created by developer and CTO of Tendigi, Nick Lee, the custom-built case brings Android directly on the screen of an iPhone.
To make this case work, Lee cloned the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and was able to make a customized version of Android Marshmallow. The developer then 3D-printed a case for the iPhone 6 Plus using a model from Thingiverse as a starting off point and then made his own modifications.
He added a Lemaker HiKey board that has an 8-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor that has the power to run just about any Android app—and ironically is the official reference board of the AOSP— inside the case. He also included a 650 mAh lithium-polymer battery pack and a boost converter for more voltage.
After realizing that all the parts fit well, Lee then reprinted the case but this time made it thinner. Even still, the final product is a bit thicker than the average battery case. Lee also made new adjustments such as adding an opening for an SD card, HDMI and USB ports.
To run Android on an iPhone, an iPhone is inserted into the case and is connected via the device's Lightning port. A user would then be able to directly launch Android on the iPhone.
Although this Android case for the iPhone is just a concept, it's impressive that Lee was even able to have it work. The developer discussed this project in detail including all the issues that came up along the way, such as having to buy his own 3D printer to make the case just the way he wanted, in a post on Medium. He also posted a video showcasing the Android iPhone case in action. The video reveals that Lee is able to do things like add an Android account, browse the Google Play Store and use other Android apps when using the case.
This isn't the only time Lee was able to successfully mix up a different OS on an Apple product. His previous project included having an Apple Watch run Windows 95.
Watch Android run on an iPhone in the video below.