A couple of weeks ago, iPhone hacker PlanetBeing showed us a demo of Android running on an iPhone 3G. This week, he posted full instructions on how to install Android on an iPhone 3G.

In all honesty, I can’t see why one would want to install this on the iPhone besides the thrill of the technical challenge. At this time, this port of Android is highly unstable.

Although this port does everything that you expect your smartphone to be able to do, it isn’t usable for day-to-day activities just yet–I haven’t implemented any power-management functions, so a fully charged iPhone running Android will last only an hour or so.

A few bugs and performance issues remain, too, so while the phone will be usable, it won’t be fast. If you do something unexpected (such as forcing the iPhone off), there is a small chance that you may end up restoring your device. However, it is impossible for any bugs to brick or disable your iPhone permanently.

Finally, media syncing is not working, so loading your media onto your phone is kind of a pain. I’m working as hard as I can, though, and I expect to fix these issues soon.

PlanetBeing posted full instructions explaining how to install a port of Android on your iPhone.

iphodroidIf you don’t have the required setup or feel a little scared by the instructions, you may want to give a try to iPhoDroid, by Sergio McFly.

iPhoDroid is an app that will make your life much easier. It will automatically transfer all the necessary files to run Android on your iPhone. The other advantage of iPhoDroid is that it is developed for Mac, which means you won’t need a Linux machine like you would if you followed PlanetBeing’s “manual” instructions.

If any of you dare taking a shot at installing Android on your lovely device, I would love to hear about your experience.

  • ceg

    some easy solution for windows-user anyone?

  • Nate

    I actually installed this the hard way last night and although it isn’t perfect it is pretty cool it has also made me seriously consider buying an android as the ui is nice and apple becoming so big brother I’ve been trying to find a viable alternative and I think I have.

  • Dylan

    I read his google article, he will be working on a windows version soon. sure it works for iphone, what about the IPOD TOUCH?????????????

  • ceg

    @dylan i hope so!

    an ipod-release would also be nice don’t think its more difficult than iphone but who knows (other than planetbeing)

  • Nate

    @Ceg although it wouldn’t be harder to make it for te ipod touch he would have to make all new drivers for the ipod touch’s hardware so it will be a lot of work.

  • Michael

    Another beautiful way to stick it to the asswipes at apple…

  • I maked test about iphodroid solution :
    – For iPhone 2G and 3G on Windows OS => at this moment, no way
    – For iPhone 3G on VMWare MacOSX Leopard => it’s work very good )

    To see copyscreen and more detail, go to my testpage ( in french sorry ) =>
    http://transiphone.free.fr/transiphone/20bis.php

    to submarise: iphodroid is really good solution to try android on iPhone – very easy and with out risk…

    Try it and thanks to Mac Fly …

  • Badri

    I have installed the Android 2.2 version on my iPhone yesterday. Its the idroid version of it.
    Like how its mentioend above,
    Cons:
    >The phone becomes warm and battery is down in an hour.
    >Opening loaded websites crashes the browser
    >Connecting to Wi-fi and getting the phone to detect the carrier took a while
    >no able to install any apps, because marketplace detecs the device as a iPhone(which it is) and suggests iPhone apps only!
    >Not able to push any media on to the phone
    Pros:
    >Use of all the available buttons for various functionalities is super cool.
    >Typing was not fast but was a good experience compared to the nighmater on IOS 4.0/4.1