iPhone and iOS have always been an inseparable union, in fact Apple has always produced iPhone with the iOS operating system on board and so far no one had ever managed to change all this. Things have changed now: someone has installed Android 10 on an iPhone 7.
Several developers who appreciate iPhones but not the limitations of iOS have decided to remedy this situation with Project Sandcastle, which allows you to run Android 10 on iPhone 7.
The Sandcastle project is the work of the Corellium team, and they are the same people who more than ten years ago managed to start the Android operating system on the first iPhone.
Where sandboxes set limits and boundaries, sandcastle offers the opportunity to create something new without placing any limits on your imagination. The Sandcastle project is about building something new on your hardware.
The iPhone limits users to operate within a sandbox. But when you buy an iPhone, you own the iPhone hardware. Android for iPhone gives you the freedom to run a different and operating system on that hardware.
Project Sandcastle allows you to start Android 10 on Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and iPod Touch. The project makes extensive use of the checkra1n jailbreak, the same tool that is used to jailbreak your iPhone via an Android smartphone.
Here is an iPhone 7 booting Android! pic.twitter.com/cfCdSEzTbo
– matteyeux (@matteyeux) March 4, 2020
The team is working for expand the project to the other iPhones included in the checkra1n jailbreak, but for now we have limited ourselves to these three devices only. On the positive side, the vulnerabilities that have been used to jailbreak and, consequently, Project Sandcastle, are extremely unlikely to be addressed. For this reason, the methods used will theoretically work perpetually on the entire range of iPhones.
What works and what doesn’t?
At present the project is still far from full maturity, in fact the main functions such as Bluetooth, audio, cellular connectivity and camera do not work. Also, Project Sandcastle cannot provide an Android build with i GMS included and there is no way to flash it separately. The installation of Android itself it is not permanent, then you will lose your data and your Android operating system on restart.
In short, if you have an “old” iPhone 7 or better yet an iPod Touch that you do not use on a daily basis, you can try to try the installation, remembering that the project is still in beta.
Find more information on official site of the project.