We’re not sure why you’d want something like this, but someone modified an Android phone to use Apple’s Lightning connector instead of the industry-standard USB-C connection.
The modification was done by Ken Pillonel, who had previously been making waves on the internet for a much more sensible project: bringing USB-C to an iPhone.
Pillonel’s Lightning Android phone announcement video was released on April 1st, but while that tongue-in-cheek date was a conscious choice, the change is real. Pillonel said he wanted to “even out the chaos” caused by his unveiling of a USB-C iPhone.
“I don’t expect anyone in their right mind to want to do this to their device. It was just for fun, I just wanted to see if I could pull it off,” he told Engadget.
Pillonel chose the low-end Samsung Galaxy A51 for this project. It wasn’t an easy project, as it turned out. Pillonel told Engadget: “The Lightning cables sold by Apple are not ‘dumb’, they just charge Apple devices. So I had to find a way to fool the cable into believing it was connected to an Apple device. And the whole thing has to fit in the phone, which is another challenge in itself.”
There’s a short video on YouTube showing the device in action (it can both charge and transfer data) and a few quick glimpses of the work that went into it, but Pillonel promises another video with more on his will be coming soon Channel is uploaded thorough explanation. He took a similar cadence with the USB-C iPhone.
In the unlikely event that you want such a device, you’re out of luck – he has no plans to sell it.
Apple has used the Lightning cable in iPhones for nearly 10 years, dating back to the iPhone 5 in September 2012. When it was introduced, then-Apple Marketing VP Phil Schiller said it was a “connector for the next decade.”
Apple has started using USB-C in most of its iPads that previously used Lightning, but iPhones still use Lightning. Tech commentators have speculated that Apple could make the switch to its phones as well. However, given the recent launch of the new vision for MagSafe, it seems just as likely that Apple will ditch the port entirely in favor of wireless charging.