If you remember, some time ago we brought you the news about the successful port of the Android OS to the iPhone 2G/3G via the iDroid Project. Now the same developers are hard at work to port the Android OS to more current generation iPhone 4 and 3GS. Nick Pack, product leader of the iDroid Project has shed some light on the current status and technical difficulty of porting the Android to the Apple A4 processor.
JOSH: Have you been able to emulate the Android platform at all on the 3Gs or A4 yet?
NICK: At the present time, both the OpeniBoot ports for 3GS and A4 devices aren’t far enough along for there to be any userland yet. Once the bootloader is ported then kernel drivers need to be written and various userland libraries written to accompany them. The team are working on one of the most complex parts of the bootloader at the present time; the FTL and filesystem drivers. This is a painstakingly slow and complex task, but once completed, we’ll be able to boot a linux kernel from the NAND flash.
JOSH: How long has the team been working on the Android port for the respective devices? Do you have any tentative ETA at this point or are you just "done when you’re done?"
NICK: Work on the A4 port started late last year, but progress was slow due to there being a lack of skilled developers on the team to work on it. In the recent few weeks, the port has accelerated drastically. The 3GS port was started a couple of months back but lessons learned from the A4 port helped to bring it inline quickly. Due to the nature of the project, it is completly impossible to estimate just how long these things take. This is mainly due to the sheer volume of reverse engineering that has to be done, but we are working with largely undocumented and uncommon hardware so it comes with the territory.
Currently development is around 60% complete, which means there is quite some time before we will see a working Android port for our iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4. But we are waiting anxiously for sure!
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