The hack is almost fully functional, but is still very much in Alpha stages in terms of stability, usability, and speed. However, iPhone Dev Team member, PlanetBeing, has managed to hack Google’s Android OS onto the iPhone (though I’m not sure of the version). I find this news quite exciting, and will likely jump at […]
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Android OS could soon run on your old iPhone 2G

The hack is almost fully functional, but is still very much in Alpha stages in terms of stability, usability, and speed. However, iPhone Dev Team member, PlanetBeing, has managed to hack Google’s Android OS onto the iPhone (though I’m not sure of the version). I find this news quite exciting, and will likely jump at the chance to give my old 2G a new life as a different device. The 2G can barely run firmware 3.x as is, and if Android works more efficiently with the resources of the now three year old device, I’m totally game to give it a shot. The hack seems to be model-specific for now (2G only), but there may be possible ports to the 3G and 3GS later on.

My only major concern thus far is the iPhone’s lack of hardware buttons. Android devices usually have at least 3-4 hardware buttons as well as a trackpad or trackball — and that’s just on the face of the device. The iPhone has just one button on its front, and the video above shows PlanetBeing having to re-map the volume and sleep keys just to make Android usable. Whether or not Google’s mobile OS becomes a viable alternative for aging, non-4.0 compliant iPhones hinges on the workarounds for those missing Android buttons.

If you’d like to keep a keen eye on how the project progresses, then you’ll want to add Linux on iPhone to your bookmarks now.

[via QuickPwn]

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