We’re undecided why you’d need such a factor, however somebody modified an Android telephone to make use of Apple’s Lightning port as a substitute of the industry-standard USB-C connection.
The modification was undertaken by Ken Pillonel, who beforehand made waves throughout the Web for a way more smart venture: bringing USB-C to an iPhone.
Pillonel’s video saying the Lightning Android telephone was revealed on April 1, however whereas that tongue-in-cheek date was a acutely aware alternative, the modification is actual. Pillonel stated he wished to “stability the chaos” stirred by his unveiling of a USB-C iPhone.
“I don’t anticipate anybody of their proper thoughts wanting to do that to their machine. It was only for enjoyable, I simply wished to see if I may do it,” he told Engadget.
Pillonel selected the low-end Samsung Galaxy A51 for this venture. It wasn’t a straightforward venture, it seems. Pillonel defined to Engadget: “The Lightning cables bought by Apple usually are not ‘dumb,’ they’ll solely cost Apple gadgets. So I needed to discover a option to trick the cable into pondering it was plugged into an Apple machine. And the entire thing wants to suit contained in the telephone, which is one other problem in itself.”
There is a quick video on YouTube exhibiting the machine in motion (it may well each cost and do information transfers) and some transient glimpses on the work that went into it, however Pillonel guarantees that one other video will probably be uploaded to his channel quickly with a extra thorough rationalization. He took the same cadence with the USB-C iPhone.
Within the unlikely occasion that you really want such a tool, although, you are out of luck—he has no plans to promote it.
Apple has used the Lightning cable in iPhones for practically 10 years, going again to the iPhone 5 in September 2012. When it was launched, then-Apple-marketing-VP Phil Schiller stated it might be a “connector for the following decade.”
Apple has begun utilizing USB-C in most of its iPads, which beforehand used Lightning, however iPhones are nonetheless on Lightning. Tech commentators have speculated that Apple would possibly make the swap on its telephones, too. However given the latest introduction of the brand new imaginative and prescient for MagSafe, it appears simply as possible that Apple will drop the port solely in favor of wi-fi charging.