After developing a modified iPhone X, engineer Ken Pillonel has developed a way to add a Lightning connector to an Android phone. Although this may not have the same cross-over appeal as Apple’s USB-C port, the phone is intended to be a fun project. The company deliberately timed the release of the device for April Fool’s Day, which helps explain why the device is not available in the market yet.
The first working USB-C iPhone was released last year by the same engineer who created the Lightning connector for the iPhone. This project will allow Android users to charge and transfer data using the new port.
It will be interesting to see whether this new device will gain the same level of success. The smartphone will be a “hybrid” of both the Apple iPhone and the Android ecosystem. While there’s a clear lack of market potential, the device does offer advantages over both devices.
While there are many advantages of using a USB-C port for charging and data transfers, Apple’s latest device won’t be as convenient. The Lightning connector is only used by Apple devices, and the new Samsung Galaxy A51’s design will allow users to connect their Apple devices to it.
It’s also important to note that Lightning ports are more limited than USB-C, which is used on thousands of devices.