IT House April 1 news, last year engineer Ken Pillonel built the world's first iPhone with a working USB-C port. Now, Pillonel has a new project: the first Android phone with a Lightning interface.
Admittedly, Android phones with Lightning interfaces aren't as attractive as iPhones with USB-C ports, but the focus is on tossing. Pillonel said the device was more of an interesting project to "balance" his previous devices, released on April Fool's Day.
IT Home learned that Pillonel's transformed Android phone is the specific model of Samsung Galaxy A51, and the modified Lightning interface can be used to charge and transmit data. Pillonel said: "It's a complex transformation that requires some groundbreaking thinking. Pillonel told Engadget that the hardest part was figuring out how to make everything work in practice.
"The Lightning cables that Apple sells are not 'stupid,' they can only charge Apple devices," he said. So I had to find a way to trick the cable into thinking it was plugged into an Apple device. And the whole thing needs to be packed inside the phone, which is another challenge in itself. ”
Thankfully, Pillonel has learned a lot since his last project, helping to lay the groundwork for his latest equipment. "It's easier to do than the first USB-C iPhone for two reasons, one is that I'm getting better at it, because I'm learning something new every day, so hopefully I can get these makeovers faster and faster," he says. The second reason is that the quality of the finished product is far less than the quality of the upper iPhone."
"I don't expect any normal-minded people to want to do this to their device, it's just for fun, I just want to see if I can do that," Pillonel said. ”
Pillonel also revealed that he is working on a full explanatory video that will soon air on his YouTube channel. As for the phone itself, Pillonel said he might keep it because he ran into problems auctioning off the original USB-C iPhone on eBay and ended up with more than $100,000 in fake bids.
"I don't want to force myself to try to sell it because that's not really me, I want to focus on my engineering and science projects." Pillonel says that while these custom modifications may not be everyone's dream device, they are a great example of how this can be done even without the help of the company that originally made them.