Although we firmly believe the Android vs iPhone war should be long dead by now, the ecosystems of the two devices are still very distinct from one another. A new development project, though, has a plan to bring the two systems closer by making it easy to get Android on iPhones.
“Project Sandcastle,” as its known, has a brand new website up that gives you explicit instructions on how to get Android 10 on a handful of iPhones. As of now, the list of compatible iOS devices is fairly short, with just the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and seventh-generation iPod Touch working with the hack.
Even then, Android on an iPhone will be severely limited for now. Basic functions such as the camera, audio, cellular connectivity, and Bluetooth don’t work yet. In other words, don’t plan on flashing Android on an iPhone 7 Plus and using it as your daily driver.
Still, Project Sandcastle has promise. If you love Apple’s hardware but can’t stand to use iOS you could, in the future, have a viable option to swap it out for Android. Conversely, if there are features you love about Android that iOS doesn’t offer, you could feasibly even swap back and forth between the two operating systems on a single device.
It should be noted that this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Android on an iPhone. Over ten years ago, a pair of developers got Android working on the very first iPhone. As luck would have it, those two developers — David Wang and Chris Wade — are part of the Project Sandcastle team.
If you want to try out Android on an iPhone and have compatible hardware, you can check out the Project Sandcastle site here to give the beta a shot.