This Case for the iPhone Runs Android

You may have seen dozens of hacks that put Google’s Android on every Apple iPhone out there (and in desperate cases, a cheap Chinese copy) but hardly any solution is as easy or convenient as the one which comes courtesy of developer Nick Lee, who has made a special case which brings Android brains to a traditionally iOS phone.

Nick Lee, who is already known for undertaking adventurous procedures such as when he made it possible to run Windows 95 on an Apple Watch, made the case so that he did not have to choose between two great platforms all the time.

The case may not win a lot of casual users because of its bulky design but that is not without reason. (You can argue that Apple itself has a case quite reminiscent to this one and that only holds a tiny battery pack.)

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It contains its own SoC, which is Huawei’s Kirin 620 (no slouch), 2 GB worth RAM and 8 GB internal storage. He also made it possible to boost connectivity through options including HDMI, USB ports, Lightning port and a microSD card slot. He 3D printed these into a case along with a battery and the result is one of the coolest looking, if not the most attractive case that you have ever seen.

The version of Android which can run as a result is the version 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which appears to be running adequately if not completely smoothly. It is launched via a custom-built app courtesy of Nick Lee’s employer, Tendigi, which allows the circuitry in the board to interact with the display of the iPhone 6S.

Before he came up with this remarkable case, Lee also streamed Android on the iPhone through a microUSB cable from the Nexus 5, thanks to the Android Open Source Project to make sure that the concept worked.

Projects like these make sure that the smartphone industry remains open to all sorts of intervention from the hacking community. The project may not be very polished and certainly not practical for day-to-day use, but has a sort of sophistication that begs to be acknowledged.

Now, if only someone puts the circuitry into a transparent case and brings it out into the market that would be awesome.


  • Mohammad Ali

    useless, only idiots will do so

  • UK

    Just one question. WHY?

    • Potato

      Because WHY NOT?

  • Jamal Shah

    Well, iPhone users are using iPhone due to iOS, Why one iPhone user would like to use Android on his such sophisticated device. Its hard to understand for most that Its not the war of features; iDevice uniqueness is reliability and consistency in operations which Android do not come near.

    • Taha Najam

      Sophisticated, LMAO. Crawl out of that rock will you.

      • swajdaan

        use it then tell us, people ask me what to buy and i only answer that if you want performance and quality buy an iPhone and if you want fancy things and you don’t mind an octa core phone having 4GB RAM to stuck while you tap on any app, you can select Android, Samsung specially.

        • Taha Najam

          Oh I’ve used plenty of iPhones and iPads. Had my fair share of troubles with them too. Devices bricking on installing the latest official update, the famous “bendgate” and “antennagate” on such a sophisticated device lol.

          That apart, I’m pretty sure you haven’t used any recent android flagships lately. Stop comparing a $1000 phone to something a third of its price. The notion that an iPhone is faster in real world usage than the latest high end android, is a myth today. It’s all in your head.

        • Potato

          The fact that your experience with Android devices is bad, and that’s mainly because you’ve never tried anything other than Samsung makes your argument invalid.
          Samsung devices are never known for their performance. Even since the days of S1, all the Samsung devices are filled with bloatware and are heavily skinned, making the overall experience miserable.

          And please, this “Apple=premium” should come to an end now. It doesnt work anymore. Why do people think that Apple defines “sophistication” or something related to “elite class”. Just because they are heavily overpriced and they do look good? Like really?

          As a Samsung user, I have to admit, Samsung sucks in performance.

          Next time try a Nexus or an HTC phone before making the judgement.

    • Potato

      Says th one who have never tried anything other than Samsung, right?

      Please try Nexus if you’re talking about Android. Samsung doesn’t define Android, Nexus devices do.