Dual-boot Android on your iPhone, no PC required

iDroid

We've seen an iPhone running Android before, but never has the installation process been as simple as it is today. Enter Bootlace 2.1.

If you're currently sporting a jailbroken iPhone 2G or 3G, it's now easier than ever to test out Android without ever plugging your phone into a computer. Keep in mind, this is not a fully functional Android ROM. It's based off of Android 2.2.1, but still has many bugs to be worked out. Regarding compatibility, Funky Space Monkey notes that the following iOS versions are supported:

iPhone 2G:

  • 3.1.2
  • 3.1.3

iPhone 3G:

  • 3.1.2
  • 3.1.3
  • 4.0
  • 4.0.1
  • 4.0.2
  • 4.1

Jailbreaks

  • PwnageTool
  • Redsn0w
  • Blackra1n

NOTE: If your device is not listed, it is not supported.  

To achieve this hack, you can follow the step-by-step, setup guide from Funky Space Monkey. In short, the process consists of adding the "http://repo.neonkoala.co.uk" repo to Cydia, installing Bootlace 2.1, OpeniBoot, as well as iDroid, and then rebooting into iDroid (best to do all of this over Wi-Fi, as the files are rather large). This method will also allow you to receive iDroid updates as they're released.

It's possible that the project will, one day, allow for a fully functional version of Android for iPhone users. Until that day, enjoy having the option to run your OS of choice.  

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Yup, did this about a month ago with my old 3G. Definitely not the best, no camera, slow menus even having the settings set on faster transitions. If/when a fully functional version works, I'd use it. Only can hope it will get to the iPhone 4, so I can run it on the much better hardware.

Vinay Kumar said,
Ohhh no iPhone 4

Same thing I thought, I would love to dual boot on the sexy iPhone 4 hardware

CGar said,

Same thing I thought, I would love to dual boot on the sexy iPhone 4 hardware

When it does get support I wonder how Android would handle the resolution...

Fred 69 said,

When it does get support I wonder how Android would handle the resolution...

Seeing as it can handle 1024x768 on tablets... perfectly well

Subject Delta said,

Seeing as it can handle 1024x768 on tablets... perfectly well

Perfectly well? Everything would be tiny!!!!

Alternatively, you could just get an Android phone - if you can do without 100,000 fart apps and are not allergic to Flash.

Shiranui said,
Alternatively, you could just get an Android phone - if you can do without 100,000 fart apps and are not allergic to Flash.

Yeah well the point is that we get choice and do not succumb to Apple deciding what we can and can not do with our devices.

Right...because fart apps is all they have on the store. I love my Android phone but I wish it has one tenth of the decent games catalog the iPhone has.

sexypeperodri said,
The best of both worlds.

Ha. If you've seen it, you'd take that back. Android on the iPhone is clearly in a very early alpha stage. Not very smooth, iPhone storage not accessible, I don't think 3G works, camera is broken, etc.

If it ran perfectly fine, that'd be fantastic.

Jack Musick said,

Ha. If you've seen it, you'd take that back. Android on the iPhone is clearly in a very early alpha stage. Not very smooth, iPhone storage not accessible, I don't think 3G works, camera is broken, etc.

If it ran perfectly fine, that'd be fantastic.


It is still the best of both worlds having the best 2 OS on you phone, bugs can be fixed

sexypeperodri said,
The best of both worlds.

Best of both worlds? Android sux, why even consider running something other than iOS on the Iphone when iOS already is the best

deddaz said,

Best of both worlds? Android sux, why even consider running something other than iOS on the Iphone when iOS already is the best

Yet another Apple fanboy...

Anyways I really like Android for my own purposes but iPhones have their place too. Both OSs have their ups and downs. Unfortunately for me Apple's closed iOS is a major issue for me (I'm an OSS advocate) and I ended opting for Android when I got my next phone.

deddaz said,

Best of both worlds? Android sux, why even consider running something other than iOS on the Iphone when iOS already is the best

Android has 25.5% of thr WORLD MARKET and is 2nd only to Symbian. Something Apple didn't even come close to acheiving in 3+ years with iPhone and Android does it in the same amount of time.

Here is a fact you can't ignore...THE BEST PRODUCTS ARE NEVER IN SECOND OR 3RD PLACE.