Hack: Android 2.3.1 (Gingerbread) for iPhone, iPod Touch preview available

In this wacky world of cellular, iOS and Android are sort of like the Packers and the Steelers. There are diehard fans on both sides, convinced of the superiority of “their team.” Then there are people like Doug, a Wisconsin-born engineer living in Pittsburgh. A serious football fanatic, poor Doug is horribly torn with this next SuperBowl.

Likewise, there are dual fans of iOS and Android. Sure, the rivalry may get a ton of press (or does the press spur on the rivalry?), but there are also plenty of people who use an Android phone alongside an iPod Touch or iPad. Some even take a hackery turn and port Android over to an iOS device. And that’s exactly the topic of this next item.

Android on the iPhone is nothing new — we even filmed our own vid on putting Froyo on an iPhone 3G — but there’s word now that it’s also possible for Gingerbread (Android 2.3.1). For now, the hack only works for older models (iPhone 2G/3G, and iPod Touch 1G), but versions for the 3GS, 4 and iPad are on the way.


Interested in trying this out? Before you dive in, note that you must have a jailbroken device. And also bear in mind that this hack isn’t a full release but a preview. It’s not available via the Bootlace Cydia app, like the Froyo hack shown in our previous vid, so you’ll have to manually install the binaries. If you’re techie enough to understand what that means, then hop over here and check out the full instructions. If you’re not, well, you may want to take this opportunity to change your mind. This kind of OS port isn’t for the faint of heart.

Still, it is pretty darn cool. Check it out in the vid below.

Via: Redmond Pie

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  • Kraz

    Would love to try it out with my i4 but if its laggy then im not intereted

  • Khsltz

    Will my battery still be good and if I add android to an iPhone?