Android on iPhone is One, Giant Step Closer

Thanks to the guys over at, Android is moving ever so close to being run on the iPhone.  Yesterday saw them announcing that they’ve reverse engineered the iPhone and first generation iPods to run Linux.  The official announcement was the basis for a new Blogger site aptly called Linux on iPhone.

I’m pleased to announce that the Linux 2.6 kernel has been ported to Apple’s iPhone platform, with support for the first and second generation iPhones as well as the first generation iPod touch. This is a rough first draft of the port, and many drivers are still missing, but it’s enough that a real alternative operating system is running on the iPhone.

Here’s a video showing how it looks and works.

iPhone Linux Demonstration Video from planetbeing on Vimeo.

There’s still a long way to go until Linux, or Android, works fluidly on the iPhone.  A lot of vital elements are missing, including sound, touchscreen, and accelerometer support.  However, this has to please both iPhone and Android camps.

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  1. As I said before Android os is better then the current OS on the iphone. Why else are people trying to put it on the iphone. It’s a shame that the G1’s hardware isn’t up to iphone standards but hardware will only get you so far. Will be interesting to see if android has any limitation with using it on other hardware configurations.

  2. @gdslim

    G1’s hardware isn’t up to iphone standards? Are you kidding me?
    G1 specs:
    Screen 3.2 in (81 mm) HVGA (480×320) (180 ppi) 65K color capacitive touchscreen
    Camera 3.2 megapixel with auto focus
    Operating system Android 1.0
    Input Capacitive touchscreen, sliding QWERTY Keyboard, Trackball
    CPU Qualcomm MSM7201A ARM11 @ 528MHz
    Memory 192 MB DDR SDRAM 256 MB Flash
    Memory card microSD
    Networks Quad band GSM / GPRS / EDGE: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
    Dual band UMTS / HSDPA / HSUPA: UMTS 1700 / 2100 (US/Europe) (7.2/2 Mbit/s)
    Connectivity Bluetooth 2.0, IEEE 802.11 b/g
    Battery 1150 mAh
    Physical size 117.7 mm x 55.7 mm x 17.1 mm (4.60 in x 2.16 in x 0.62 in)
    Weight 158g w/ battery

    iPhone specs:
    Operating system iPhone OS 2.2 (Build 5G77)
    CPU 620 MHz ARM 1176,[1] underclocked to 412 MHz[2]
    GPU: PowerVR MBX Lite 3D[3]
    Storage capacity Flash memory 4, 8, or 16 GB
    Memory 128 MB DRAM[4]
    Input 4 hardware buttons and Multi-touch touchscreen
    Camera 2.0 megapixel
    Connectivity Dock connector (with USB & FireWire adapter cables, FireWire for charging only)
    Headphone jack
    Wi-Fi (802.11b/g)
    Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
    Weight Original: 135 g (4.8 oz)
    3G: 133 g (4.7 oz)

    That Qualcomm processor is a dual core processor. It’s also clocked higher than the iPhone processor is. The camera on the g1 is better. The memory on the G1 is expandable.
    Yeah, the G1 is much better than the iPhone as far as hardware is concerned. I’m only interested in seeing Android ported because it’s a genuine Linux OS, and would provide even better homebrew possibilities, and I don’t want to buy a new handset. I’d much rather dual boot the two OSes on the single handset to get the benefits of both, and directly compare them.

  3. Well, this is a good comparison. With fanastic Android devices every months and more than 10,000 Apps behind I am looking forward to the new time age of smart phones.

  4. Bluetooth keyboard support on iPodTouch hardware running Linux would be very nice.

    I used to use a folding keyboard with my Palm, it’d be cool to have that sort of option with iPT hardware. Like a netbook, but more pocketable.

  5. Got my HCT hero 2 weeks ago and I have to say, I am very impressed with it indeed. I bought a faster class 6 micro SD card and that’s smoothed the phone performance right out! HTC are working on a firmware update as we speak which will also iron out some of the initial glitches too… Love the way facebook and filckr are integrated with all your contacts! So glad I got rid of my iPhone

  6. I was wondering if there is a possibilty of putting the iphone os on a moto droid phone? like this accept reverse

  7. they should have at least a decade…

    of experience behind them. a company with a proper infrastructure and reputation is less likely to go bankrupt and out of existence in the blink of an eye. such companies can expose you to fraud and if they close down, all…

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