How to: install Android on your iPhone, for the non-hacker

We reported two days ago that a certain resourceful linux hacker managed to build a bootable copy of Android that will install on an iPhone 2G. However, the process isn't for the light of digital heart. If you aren't well-versed with Linux, the readme file moving around the Internet yesterday might as well have been written in a foreign language. 

A user-friendly(er) guide has surfaced. It gives very clear, very detailed steps explaining everything you'll have to do to get Android on your iPhone 2G. Even if you haven't used Linux before, the tutorial gives some nice instruction on how to properly set up a Ubuntu installation with VirtualBox. It includes all the patched and modified files you'll need, and walks you through every click and key-press. 

Hopefully, this will help many of the people attempting this from scratch and complaining that it's bricking their iPhones. 

Thanks to efriedman for the tip!

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Funny how something like this was posted on the front page, but we get our hands slapped whenever we mention ad blocking...

bjoswald said,
Funny how something like this was posted on the front page, but we get our hands slapped whenever we mention ad blocking...

I was thinking the exact same thing. Same as warez. Double standards are great. 8-)

bjoswald said,
Funny how something like this was posted on the front page, but we get our hands slapped whenever we mention ad blocking...

Well ad-blocking is slightly different, as without ads neowin wouldn't exist.

madhardy4 said,
Guys, am I able to install this in my jailbroken iPod Touch 1st Gen (refurbished)?

No, I don't believe it will work on refurbished models.

alfaaqua said,

Source?

What do you mean? are you doubting the fact that I tipped him off? Why is that so hard to believe? but if you are just asking for the source of the tip, the author has it in the post.

efriedman said,

are you doubting the fact that I tipped him off? Why is that so hard to believe?

Yes.

I helped Bill Gates create Windows. Why is that so hard to believe?

I did not see that it was mentioned in the article (I believe it was updated)

Edited by alfaaqua, Apr 23 2010, 8:29pm :

alfaaqua said,

I helped Bill Gates create Windows. Why is that so hard to believe?

efriedman isn't claiming that he helped create the guide or the hack, he's saying he was the one who tipped off the author of this article about the new method of installing it. Perhaps your reading comprehension needs a little work?

just did it under my first iphone and it worked good.

try it...

you can also perform a dual boot, guide is under torrent go for it.

running these partially running ports are nice and all but if you want the full experience i say go buy a android based phone. i did and i wouldn't even look back...hero ftw!

i bet steve jobs is having a full blown fit over this port too.

fixxxer2010 said,
running these partially running ports are nice and all but if you want the full experience i say go buy a android based phone.

Well, this port is pretty much running 100%, so I don't really consider it "partially running" right now. Yeah, it could use a little more work, but I'm anxious to see it running on the iPod Touch eventually.

Now I'm gonna try this tonight. I always wanted to try Android on a day-to-day basis so this might be the opportunity, if stable enough.

this is fantastic, lovely handset (iphone) with arguably a better / more flexible OS

brilliant combo imo!

sanctified said,
I would like to try android on my Nokia 5530. I dont like symbian very much.

New phones with OS symbian may get this as well in the future.

Rob2687 said,

The bootloader does not work with the iPod Touch 2G or 3G at the moment.


Do yo know any other os that would work on iphone?

acnpt said,
Can't wait for the 3G version.

Removed, appears iPhone 2G = iPhone 1st Gen

Edited by ZeroHour, Apr 23 2010, 4:06pm :