More than one iPhone user might be shocked by the idea that there are people who want to install Google's Android operating system on an Apple mobile phone, but, as they say, there are people for everything.
And among all those people there are also those who want to break the limits of electronic devices to do different things. In this sense, David Wang is someone who already ten years ago dared to install Android on an iPhone 3G.
Exploring the limits of the iPhone manufacturer
Not satisfied with this, he, with the help of his colleagues from the company in which he works, the cybersecurity startup Corellium, have wanted to repeat the feat under the Sandcastle Project, according to Forbes, to port Android to iPhone phones.
The name of the project is not accidental, since as the project team points out on its website that: sandcastles provide the opportunity to create something new from the limitless limits of your imagination. The Sandcastle Project is about building something new out of the silicon of your hardware.
For now, under the Sandcastle Project, Android is not fully functional as, they note, it is still in beta, taking very little testing, ignoring the impact it will have on the battery, performance, or other components.
They specify that it only works with iPhone 7 and 7+, being incompatible with the audio output, Bluetooth connectivity, the camera and the modem, according to a comparative table, and it is also impossible to obtain applications through Google Play.
By the way, it is an open source project available through the GitHub platform, which will allow new stakeholders to join the initiative.
For the Sandcastle Project team:
Android for iPhone has many interesting practical applications, from forensic investigation to ephemeral dual-boot devices to combat electronic waste. Our goal has always been to drive mobile research, and we're excited to see what the developer community builds on this foundation.
Obviously, Apple is not very amused, where in fact, the company has already brought Corellium to court for the past year, arguing that the cybersecurity startup violated copyright by creating versions of iPhone software for security and tests.
As Forbes reports, the case took a turn for the past month when Apple cited Spain's Banco Santander and US military and intelligence contractor L3Harris.