Installing Android On Your iPhone is Now Possible


 

So here’s the thing guys, you still have a 2G iPhone and finally want to make a change, something new, refreshing that would literally turn your good old stuff into a current, up-to-date smartphone. Up until now it’s been really difficult to carry out, but today, it’s actually possible. To do so, you’ll need to follow very cautiously a 68 step guide that would walk you through the long and tiresome process which includes the use of an iPhone Explorer to initially copy the Android files, then a stage where you have to turn your desktop into an Ubuntu virtual machine to install the OpeniBoot software, that would eventually create a dual-booting iPhone with iPhone OS and Android 1.6 systems hanging around. Definitely exhausting but hey, users are seldom willing to sacrifice well- established standard technology for a new and “more open” one, even if the latter don’t necessarily promise increased functionality, right? If you’re still in for it, you can checkout the video after the break or the entire guideline frame after frame (at your risk!).

Update1: Looks like David Wang, the guy who wrote the code that enables Android installation on first-gen iPhones, has now managed to go even further and make Google’s magical platform work on Apple 3G devices. Checkout his video demo after the break.

Update2: Apparently, the iPhone 3G port of Android is now available to download for your iPhone 3G devices. At your own risk, you can get in here, grab it and install.  Here’s another good guide how to install it, courtesy of PC World.

[via Android A Lot]

Downloads

Here’s a bunch of stuff that you’ll need before you start:

  1. IMPORTANT! Jailbroken iPhone 2G. Jailbreaking guide can be found here.
  2. VirtualBox (link).  Get the right version Windows/Mac
  3. VirtualBox Ubuntu Image (link).  Download number 10, Ubuntu Linux 9.10 codename Karmic Koalax86
  4. iPhone Explorer (link).  If you’re on Linux you can use FTP such as FileZilla instead.
  5. Android images and sources (link)
  6. Patched images (link).  Courtesy of Geekoid.

Preparation

Let’s get some of the basics out of the way:

  1. Open Task Manager
  2. Kill the iTunes Helper process
  3. Install iPhone Explorer
  4. Connect your iPhone to your Mac/PC
  5. Run iPhone Explorer
  6. Click the Change Root button
  7. Select “/” Real iPhone Root Directory
  8. Browse to private/var
  9. Copy ramdisk.img, userdata.img, cache.img and zImage from Downloads#5 (Android images and sources) to that var directory
  10. Copy system.img and android.img.gz from Downloads#6 (patched images) to the that var directory
  11. That’s all the Android files on your iPhone, now to make them run!

Setting Up Virtual Box

  1. Install VirtualBox
  2. Open VirtualBox
  3. Go on File > Virtual Media Manager
  4. Make sure Hard Disks is selected
  5. Click Add
  6. Locate the ubuntu-9.10.vdi file (download#3) and select it
  7. Close Virtual Media Manager
  8. Go on Machine > New
  9. Click Next
  10. Under Name enter “Ubuntu”
  11. Select Linux Operating System
  12. Select Ubuntu Version
  13. Click Next
  14. Set an amount of RAM, the default should be fine
  15. Click Next
  16. Select “Use existing hard disk”
  17. Select the ubuntu-9.10.vdi
  18. Click Next
  19. Click Finish
  20. Select that new machine to start up Ubuntu
  21. The password to login is: reverse

Setting Up Ubuntu

Almost there – if this feels a bit long, just consider how short and simple each step is!

  1. Click System (top bar) > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager
  2. Enter the password: reverse
  3. In the quicksearch box, type libusb-1.0, click the Check Box next to libusb-1.0-0 and select Mark for installation
  4. In the quicksearch box, type libreadline, click the Check Box next to libreadline5 and select Mark for installtion
  5. Click Apply
  6. When it’s all installed close the Package Manager
  7. Open Firefox (in Ubuntu)
  8. Download openiboot installer from here
  9. Click Places (top bar) > Downloads
  10. Right-click openiboot.zip and click Extract Here
  11. Click Applications (top bar) > Accessories > Terminal
  12. Without the quotes, type ‘cd Downloads/openiboot’
  13. Restart your iPhone in Recovery Mode (power off, hold down Home button, connect to USB cable)

Getting Android Working!

Well done on getting this far! This is where the fun beings (credits to WinX Blog for these instructions –link)

  1. In VirtualBox, the Ubuntu Window, go on Devices > USB Devices and select iPhone (Recovery Mode)
  2. In the terminal type (without quotes): ’sudo su’
  3. Enter the password: reverse
  4. In the terminal type ./loadibec openiboot.img3
  5. You’ll see the OpeniBoot screen appear on your iPhone
  6. Hold down the power button a couple of seconds (iPhone)
  7. The bottom option, openiboot console, will become selected
  8. Press Home (iPhone).  You’ll see a bunch of text appear and stop at “Welcome to openiboot”
  9. In VirtualBox, the Ubuntu Window, go on Devices > USB Devices and select iPhone (OpeniBoot Mode)
  10. In terminal type su ./oibc
  11. Enter the password: reverse
  12. If this doesn’t work just type: ./oibc
  13. You’ll see the same text from the iPhone in the Terminal
  14. Type (without quotes) ‘nor_read 0×09000000 0×0 1048576′ and press Enter
  15. Wait for it to say Done
  16. Type (without quotes) ‘~norbackup.dump:1048576′
  17. This creates a backup of your NOR memory – save a copy on USB stick, or email it to yourself or something
  18. Type install, press Enter.  When this is done you’ve got openiboot installed on your iPhone.  You’re done!

Finishing Off

What you’ve achieved up til now is Android files on your iPhone, and then installing openiboot so that you have an option to start iPhone OS or Android when you turn on your phone.  Openiboot was necessary because that’s the only way right now that you can boot into Android.  Here’s how to finish off and get into Android:

  1. If you still have Terminal open with the oibc still running, just type ‘reboot’, press Enter and skip to step 3
  2. If you don’t have Terminal open, disconnect your phone, turn it off and back on
  3. When openiboot appears press Power button to switch to openiboot console (bottom option)
  4. Hold down the Home button

Android will start to boot, but it might take a while

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Nir Ben Yona Shein

Internet freak and technology geek; Aspiring screenwriter, devoted tech blogger & Technologer chief editor . Early adopter with a keen interest in gadgets, technology, internet and mobile.

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