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.
Have you ever wondered what an iPhone would look like if it were running the Android operating system of Google instead of Apple’s iOS?
Nick Lee, chief technology officer of development studio Tendigi who managed to run Windows 95 on an Apple Watch, has picked up on a new project where he runs Android OS on an iPhone using a custom-built case. He then launches the Tendigi app on the iPhone, which brings up the Android user interface. Lee has created a smartphone case that when connected to your iPhone, will basically let it run Android which you can check out for yourself in the video above. “I said to myself – ‘What if you could have it all on one device?’”
First of all, Lee bought himself a board and cloned the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and made a decision to build a custom version of Android Marshmallow he could run on that board.
In addition to the board, the case contains a boost converter, a battery and a resistor.
Putting all those together into a ready to use, easy to use/remove case also involved some 3D printing, which isn’t exactly available to everyone.
Once Lee places the case on his phone, he inserts a Lightning connector into the Lightning port on the iPhone and starts up his custom Tendigi application.
Lee showed how everything from WiFi to the Play Store to the calculator app works.
Both HDMI and and USB ports are built into this board for his make-shift Android-powered iPhone alongside an SD card slot, while sliding a pice of plastic over the delicate board before placing the case on his phone protects all the exposed internals.
However, it’s quite certain that this feat has been achieved as a proof of concept and not practical for real world use.