Android is the mobile operating system that is seeing the fastest rise in terms of the user base worldwide. More and more people are hopping onto Google’s bandwagon that aims to be the ultimate freedom-propagating operating system. With the ability to gain root permissions, the Android OS is the best free mobile operating system right now.
The only relevant rival to Android is iOS that does duty on the Apple iPhone. But in what is highly good news for iPhone users, they can now experience Android on their iPhones. This has been made possible by an application named iAndroid. The ‘i’ prefix has been adopted by the app’s developers to clearly signify the fact that it is made for the iPhone only.
The Need to Create iAndroid
iOS is far better established than Android since it has been around for nearly 5 years now. This has undoubtedly helped it gain a major market for itself. However, Android has been gaining a lot in the user base stakes for a while now and quite a lot of this gain has come at the cost of iPhone users. Many of these users were simply curious about the new OS in town and wanted to experience it first-hand. The developers of iAndroid clearly saw a market for a product which could replicate the Android experience on an iOS device. People who prefer the smoothness of iOS but also like the usability of Android now no longer have to decide between either of the two. iAndroid is the perfect solution for them.
iAndroid – Getting It On Your iPhone
Bringing iAndroid to your iOS device is rather easy and involves a few steps only. But there is one caveat to the entire process. This tweak can be applied to only those iPhones that have been jailbreak-ed. So if your iPhone is running on Apple’s default firmware then you need to get it jailbroken.
Once the phone is jailbroken, all it takes for iAndroid to be usable is an installation. After you have installed this application in your iPhone, it can be launched from the phone’s homescreen just like any other normal app. This simple nature of use is one of the reasons why the app is highly popular even among less tech savvy people.
Once it is launched on your iPhone, the iAndroid app will display Google’s logo. This is followed by the display of a screen that is instantly recognizable by its Android roots. This is where you have arrived to the beginning of the actual Android replication on iOS.
User Interface of iAndroid
The Android homescreen that follows the Google logo borrows many of its cues from HTC’s very own user interface, the Sense. The biggest giveaway of this fact is the large digital clock that is the highlight of HTC’s Sense UI. However, the slider on the bottom is more similar to the one found in the default interface of Android.
The iAndroid app for iOS is not just limited to replicating Android on iPhones. This simulator also includes a few apps that are very much usable. Some of these apps include a web browser, a number pad and even a finger-doodling application. Although, it is not exactly clear if the number pad actually allows you to make a real call.
Other Notable Features of iAndroid
The iAndroid app also brings other signature features into play like the ability to customize the user interface, fiddle around with wallpaper settings, add widgets to the homescreen, change web browser settings and many more. Also included in the app are dedicated social networking apps like Twitter and Facebook. Also present is a new dial pad that is fully functional.
Contrary to popular perception, this app actually doesn’t emulate Android in any way. It rather replicates that operating system within a normal iOS application. This is because there are still many limitations in the usability of the Android replicated in this form. For example, there is not access to the Google Market. So you cannot search and download the specific Android apps you want. In fact, iAndroid doesn’t give you the freedom to install additional applications at all. You will have to make do with the apps that have been pre-included.
iAndroid was created by frOst, who is also responsible for authoring apps like ‘OS Faker’ that simulated both Windows Phone 7 and Android user interfaces on iPhones. Apart from the requirement of your iPhone being jailbreak-ed, there is another precondition. The version of iOS on your iPhone must be 4.x only. Previous versions, ala 3.x, are not supported as of now. This has been done with a view to ensure that the iAndroid app works on iOS 4.x devices without a hitch.