The nature of the iPhone means that unlike Android and Android devices, flashing a ROM with another operating system is pretty much close to impossible for the average user, but developer Nick Lee is not your average user. You might recall some of his exploits, such as putting Windows 95 on the Apple Watch, and now he’s back with another project.
If you’ve always wanted Android on a phone with the iPhone’s build quality and design, your wish has now sort of come true. 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.
So how does it work? It is a bit complex, but basically the case, which was 3D printed by the way, houses the Lemaker HiKey, which is the official reference board of the Android Open Source Project. It has an 8-core, 64-bit processor which means that it has the ability to run pretty much any Android app out there, so what we are looking at is a case that runs Android that when connected to the iPhone, will help emulate the touch events on the Android side.
In a way you could liken this setup to how some gamers remap gaming controllers to play games, like using a dance mat to play World of Warcraft, and so on. Lee’s post on Tendigi is almost instructional as he does break down the things that he did, so if you are interested in creating your own, you could probably get an idea of what he has done by checking it out. Alternatively you could just watch the video above to see the case in action.