Android ported to the iPhone 3G

The team that initially brought the first successful port of Android for the first generation iPhone has now done the same for the iPhone 3G.

David Wang posts on PC World that although their latest port to the 3G has a few rough edges, it resembles an important milestone for the Android on iPhone community as progress is continually improving. The port allows users to use any application on Android OS that doesn't require audio or send/receive SMS texts.

Though there are still some loose ends, the team has made many different improvements from their first release. The latest build includes a plethora of bug fixes, under-the-hood improvements, a better Wi-Fi driver, a new boot loader, and improved power and backlight management. Audio support is in the works and should arrive in the few days. 

Wang states that users wanting to try it for themselves will have the chance within the next few days as they package the binaries and write up the instructions. 

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I would love to have a 4th gen iphone running android next year.
I hope they port it to this unreleased device, and works better than apple os on it.

Apple must hate it that people are able to use their hardware to test drive the competition. I am sure Apple's lawyers are scrambling for a a way to take legal action against Mr. Wang.

ermax said,
Apple must hate it that people are able to use their hardware to test drive the competition. I am sure Apple's lawyers are scrambling for a a way to take legal action against Mr. Wang.

Imagine if he tries to install Flash on it? they'll send the SWAT to his house.

Kardend said,

Imagine if he tries to install Flash on it? they'll send the SWAT to his house.

If there is much house left, his phone would automatically explode as Apple said it couldnt hack it.

DrunknMunky said,
Come on 3GS support

I highly doubt it... Only if you jailbreak and backup your SHSH hashes. The new iPhone and iPod Touch carry that new security built-in that requires Apple to authorize the installs. If you haven't jailbroken and got your SHSH hashes, then how would you ever put something Apple didn't authorize on a 3GS... Unless I'm completely wrong, I believe this is how it is and if not, why couldn't they have got around it before...because they can't.

Electric Jolt said,

I highly doubt it... Only if you jailbreak and backup your SHSH hashes. The new iPhone and iPod Touch carry that new security built-in that requires Apple to authorize the installs. If you haven't jailbroken and got your SHSH hashes, then how would you ever put something Apple didn't authorize on a 3GS... Unless I'm completely wrong, I believe this is how it is and if not, why couldn't they have got around it before...because they can't.

Pre Week 49 iPhone 3GS's have a bootrom exploit and therefore can use this, it's just not made yet

Dead'Soul said,
why!

Eww, get over your fanboy self... Say something logical instead. It's not like they are that different...Android basically is a jailbroken iPhone. And I don't care what anybody says, I have used it before and it's just like it. Yes it is Android, and it does have a different community, but they are so much alike in many ways that I look at Android like iPhone OS 4 on steroids...

Electric Jolt said,

Eww, get over your fanboy self... Say something logical instead. It's not like they are that different...Android basically is a jailbroken iPhone. And I don't care what anybody says, I have used it before and it's just like it. Yes it is Android, and it does have a different community, but they are so much alike in many ways that I look at Android like iPhone OS 4 on steroids...

Please stop right there. You clearly know nothing about Android or the Android OS if you are saying they are the same as IPhone or a tad different. Do some research before you post nonsense.

Dead'Soul said,
why!

Well, if ever they come up with this for the iPhone 3GS and I'm on another phone I'll no doubt install and play around with it. Next phone will likely the next iPhone (been very pleased with the platform and see no reason to change as of right now) but I may swing Android in 2011.

-DanNY- said,

Please stop right there. You clearly know nothing about Android or the Android OS if you are saying they are the same as IPhone or a tad different. Do some research before you post nonsense.

I've used a Droid before, not that different. I'm not doing research when I already know what it is. This is stupid, it has a very similar homescreen to a jailbroken iPhone OS, it has a similar lockscreen to a jailbroken iPhone OS, it has apps very similar to the iPhone OS and not only that but many developers of the iPhone OS are developing for Android next, and it really shows how similar they are. Yes it is indeed Android, but there are other operating systems that are extremely different making Android the most similar.


If you had to decide on calling a mobile OS just another iPhone OS, would it be Android, WebOS, or Windows Phone 7? Obviously you would say Android, they both have Maps and Search by Google, they both have similar appstores, they both have similar looks (if you jailbreak your iPhone to look badass like mine), and they both are Linux.


Now if you called Windows Phone 7 another iPhone OS, you would be completely wrong because it has the Metro UI and in no way looks similar to that grid look going on Android and iPhone OS. The look is completely different, and if you are going to call it anything remotely related to the iPhone then it would be that it's a great iPhone killer. It carries on that innovation from Apple and it has showed to be an incredible OS that I can't wait to use. Nothing else is on the market right now that looks like Windows Phone 7.


And I have to say, I would be depressed if Windows Phone 7 was ported to my iPhone because I would rather have a quality Windows Phone 7 device instead of a crappy port for a great OS that was nowhere near designed for my iPhone. The Android is designed for phones like my iPhone. I'm sorry, but that's how I see it. Windows Phone 7 is the first since iPhone OS to be completely different and awesome at the same time.

Edited by Electric Jolt, May 7 2010, 7:01pm :

Electric Jolt said,

If you had to decide on calling a mobile OS just another iPhone OS, would it be Android, WebOS, or Windows Phone 7? Obviously you would say Android, they both have Maps and Search by Google, they both have similar appstores, they both have similar looks (if you jailbreak your iPhone to look badass like mine), and they both are Linux.
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android and phoneOS

agreenbhm said,
itouch 2g support?

Why do people call it an "iTouch", it sounds terrible, Apple has never referred to it as an "iTouch"

thealexweb said,

Why do people call it an "iTouch", it sounds terrible, Apple has never referred to it as an "iTouch"

It's a simple shorthand for iPod Touch. I see no problem with it. That being said, I'm anxious for this to make it to the touch as well, I'd love to give it a try.

Edited by roadwarrior, May 7 2010, 6:55pm :

thealexweb said,

Why do people call it an "iTouch", it sounds terrible, Apple has never referred to it as an "iTouch"

I always thought that iTouch sounds dirty

thealexweb said,

Why do people call it an "iTouch", it sounds terrible, Apple has never referred to it as an "iTouch"

Its just an abbreviation dude. Everyone knew exactly what he was talking about which makes it a completely valid abbreviation. Relax.

Sebianoti said,

GOD I HATE WHEN PEOPLE CALL IT! THAT!! why? just why!!?

+1

Edited by JaykeBird, May 8 2010, 3:08am : Changing the quote...

thealexweb said,

Why do people call it an "iTouch", it sounds terrible, Apple has never referred to it as an "iTouch"

I actually prefer that to hearing iTampon in regards to the iPad.