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Engineering Student Creates World's First Android Phone With Apple's Lightning Port

Could you imagine an Android phone with Apple’s Lightning port? Well, an engineering student did exactly that.

Ken Pillonel, a robotics student from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology has created what he’s calling the world’s first Android smartphone with a Lightning port. Samsung Galaxy A51 has officially become the first Android phone to have a Lightning port, of course, without any endorsement from either Apple or Samsung.

Android with lightning port/Ken Pillonel
Android with lightning port/Ken Pillonel

A painstaking effort

In a video shared on YouTube, Pillonel explains that the Lightning port allows both charging and transfer of data but it took a lot of efforts to get there. Pillonel had to make complicated modifications in order to fit a lightning port in a Samsung phone.

 For Pillonel, the biggest challenge was moving past the compatibility restrictions put in place by Apple for Lightning ports. “The Lightning cables sold by Apple are not dumb,” Pillonel told Engadget. Lightning cables made by Apple only work with Apple devices so he found a “way to trick the cable into thinking it was plugged into an Apple device.”

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Let’s not forget that Pillonel is the same guy who made waves last year after making the world’s first iPhone with a working USB-C port. The prototype iPhone with USB-C was put on auction on eBay where it attracted bids as high as $100,000. Eventually, he pulled the listing down due to trolls.

lightning connector

According to Pillonel’s blog, he’s currently working on another similar project. He wants to replace the Lightning port on AirPods charging case with a USB-C port.

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In many ways, Pillonel’s moves are noble in the sense that he aims to standardise one single port across all smartphones… for sheer fun. Apple has faced criticism over the years for not moving to USB-C ports on its devices. It could be for various reasons – to maintain market value for its cables and or simply unwillingness to look like Android phones.

Regardless, we’re not getting USB-C on iPhones any time soon. What do you think about an Android with Lightning port? Let us know in the comments below. For more in the world of technology and science, keep reading universo virtual.com.


Sarwar, N. (2022, April 1). No fooling! Student creates Android phone with Lightning port. Digital Trends. 

(2022, April 1). An engineer just made the world’s first Android phone with a working Lightning port. Engadget.

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