Prank victims were told this iPhone was running iOS 9, but it was actually running an approximation of Android. Photo: YouTube
Could you tell the difference between Android and Apple’s iOS if someone handed you a phone?
Some apparently can’t, as this YouTube video shows iPhone loyalists (and even some Android fans) ready to accept and praise software presented to them as the future of iOS, despite the fact it features notable Android features like the Google search widget, three-button action bar and a moveable miniplayer widget.
After claiming to have installed Android on an iPhone 6, Dutch pair Alexander Spoor and Sacha Harland from the YouTube channel Dit Is Normal took to the streets to try to convince people it was the soon-to-be-released iOS 9. Many of their targets appeared to take the bait.
At this point you may rightly be wondering: “how do you install Android on an iPhone 6?” It would be quite an achievement if these guys had managed it, but from the quick flashes of the screen you see in the video it’s clear that they have not.
The info bar across the top of the screen – which shows the network connectivity, time and battery status – is the biggest cluethat the phone is still running iOS. The system text and notification bubbles are off too. It’s not clear from the video (they just say “Android”), but their phone appears to be running a tweak package (likely Andrios), which can modify parts of a jailbroken iPhone to appear and act more like Android.
Speaking to Business Insider, Spoor said it took “a lot of hacking” to make their phone appear to run Android.
“It took a lot of jailbreaking and tweaking to make the resemblance uncanny,” he said.
Still, the video takes the claim that Apple is borrowing many of its new features from Android and exaggerates it, in the end proving that most people on the street don’t really care. In fact the video confirms what we already know: that most of us choose a phone based on what we’re used to, fashion, the other devices we have, and brand loyalty more than the specific tricks and functions of the software.