When the time comes to upgrade your smartphone, you’ve usually got two options, either go with Googles open but slightly flawed Android operating system, or Apples polished but highly locked down OS. That has been the case for a number of years, but the folks at Corellium are offering you a third option to combine the two worlds and run Android OS on your iPhone.
The hack, which has been named ‘Project Sandcastle’ comes to use courtesy of Christ Wade and his team at Corellium. While Project Sandcastle is still in its beta form, you can download it here. Although it has to be said that is no simple process, as you’ll be required to jailbreak your iPhone before downloading the beta, also note that Project Sandcastle only works for the iPhone 7 and 7+, and it doesn’t exactly act like a fully-fledged Android device would, but hey, the fact that you can actually run Android on an Apple device is pretty amazing.
According to their website, “Android for the iPhone has many exciting practical applications, from forensics research to dual-booting ephemeral devices to combatting e-waste.”
This isn’t the first time the Corellium crew has bypassed Apple’s notoriously hard OS and run a version of Android on an iPhone. In 2008 the team managed to successfully load Googles OS onto the original iPhone 2G.
“Our goal has always been to push mobile research forward, and we’re excited to see what the developer community builds from this foundation.”
Take a look at Forbes successfully testing out the hack on an iPhone 7.