We’ve seen Android 1.6 running on iPhone hardware before. But now the folks who brought us those unholy hacks have upped the game by porting Android 2.2 Froyo to run on the iPhone 3G.

You may wonder why anyone would want to install a bleeding edge version of Android on a phone that doesn’t even have the physical buttons necessary to work with all of Android’s features. Well, look at it this way: Apple is preparing to launch iPhone OS 4.0. And while the new version of the operating system has some long-requested features such as multitasking support, you’ll need an iPhone 3GS or new device to get the full benefit. That means if you’ve got an iPhone 2G or 3G lying around, you’re going to be stuck with an increasingly dated user experience — unless you take matters into your own hands like the fellow in the video below has done.

This is still an early hack. WiFi, GPU drivers, power management, and some other Froyo features aren’t working on the iPhone yet. It’s also pretty slow. And unlike iPhone OS 4.0, Android will only run on the iPhone 3G, 2G, or first generation iPod touch at the moment.

You can check out a demo ivdeo of Android 2.2 on the iPhone after the break. And if you’re the adventurous sort, you can hit up GadgetsDNA for instructions on installing Froyo on your own iDevice.

via Engadget and iDroid.it

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...