Engineer builds the first Android phone with a Lightning connector

In connection: The Lightning interface is a proprietary data transfer and charging connector that has been available exclusively for Apple devices since the iPhone 5. That didn’t stop a robotics engineer from adding a Lightning connector to an Android phone in a project “just because I can.”

Late last year, a robotics engineer named Ken Pillonel (Kenny Pi) showed us the first iPhone with a working USB-C port. This year he decided to reverse that idea and modified an Android phone with a Lightning port.

For now, Pillonel has only posted a small teaser showing how the UI works on the modded phone (Samsung Galaxy A51), but a full video explanation will be available later. However, the teaser shows you how to use a Lightning cable to charge and recognize the phone to transfer data.

“It was a complex modification that required some out-of-the-box thinking. And sprinkle some more DIY on top,” the engineer wrote in the video description.

When asked how he did it, Pillonel called that the hardest part of the project was putting everything together. According to him, Lightning cables are not “stupid”. They only charge Apple devices, forcing the engineer to think about how to trick the line into believing it’s connected to you. All of this had to be done inside the phone’s body, which made it even more complicated.

As you can see in the video, Pillonel found a way to do just that. Overall he found this project to be more manageable than the previous one as he now has more experience and knowledge in the field. Pillonel added that there was no reason to mod an Android device with a Lightning connector, but he wanted to see if he could do it. Engineer builds the first Android phone with a Lightning connector

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