The video below shows Google’s Android OS running on an Apple iPhone. Android runs in a limited fashion but Wifi, the browser and some other features of the OS work fine. At this point, it is more of a “proof-of-concept” than a “something-you-want-to-do.” This feat, attempted unsuccessfully by many, was pulled off by an iPhone hacker named planetbeing. The dual-boot is pulled off with a program called dualiBoot (documentation and image are available for download).
This could upset the people in Cupertino who want to control the entire user experience on the hardware Apple produces. Steve Jobs recently stated at the iPhone OS 4.0 event (video demo) that one of the disadvantages of Android is its ability to access pornographic apps. He reiterated this sentiment in a recent email believed to be authentic. This criticism seems rather silly to me. As many have pointed out, Apple’s Mobile Safari browser is quite capable of displaying pornography. Should we expect Apple to shut down the browser at some point and only permit Apple-approved, PG-13 and below apps? What about handing teenagers phones with forward-facing videoconferencing cameras on the upcoming iPhone 4G? Couldn’t this play naughty with the Apple “family values”?
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