No matter how unlikely, there was always bound to be someone out there who was desperate to have an iPhone that runs Android. Enter Tendigi partner and CTO – and jazz pianist – Nick Lee who designed and built a 3D printed smartphone case that lets him run Android on his iPhone. The folks at Tendigi are no strangers to messing with Apple devices, having recently found a way to get the classic Windows 95 OS to run on an Apple Watch. So Lee decided to take his tech-mixing ways to the next level and see if he could find a way to get the Google-designed open source smartphone operating system to run on its nemesis, a very much NOT open source iPhone 6 Plus.
Taking advantage of the open source nature of the Android OS, Lee used the tools from Google’s Android Open Source Project to build an app that would allow his iPhone to run using Android’s latest version, 6.0.1 Marshmallow. He started with an embedded Android HiKey development board and linked it up with a lithium-polymer battery pack with an an integrated protection circuit to prevent things like explosions and giant fireballs. Lee also needed to use a boost converter voltage regulator that would allow the battery pack’s 3.7 volts to run the HiKey. Unfortunately, there were still some hardware issues that he would need to sort out before he could get everything working.
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