Android is now the undisputed champion of mobile marketshare, but certain companies are still releasing exclusive iOS apps, like the JARVIS-themed Iron Man 3 companion. It's a bummer, but iOS users can't make sweet custom boot animations like the one that Redditor hypd09 posted to /r/Android yesterday. It won't turn your phone into a suit of weaponized armor, but it will look pretty sweet with your elaborate Halloween costume.

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The boot animation is shamelessly ripped from the iOS app's YouTube trailer. There's also a SHIELD-themed boot animation on the Reddit page, if you're a fan of Agent Coulson and/or mediocre ABC television shows. Sadly Paul Bettany's dulcet artificial intelligence tones are not embedded, but if your phone supports embedded audio in the boot animation, you can use the separate MP3 file. Of course you'll need to be rooted to get any of this to work with your phone - here's a handy guide for Nexus devices, CyanogenMod, and other AOSP ROMs. It includes instructions for adjusting the resolution and embedding audio.

There's no indication that Marvel will bring the JARVIS app to Android, and since Iron Man 3 has been available on home video for more than a month, they may never do so. At least we've got user-made goodies like this to tide us over.

JARVIS boot animation (ZIP file) via Reddit Android

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Josh Meyer

    Maybe if it was a live wallpaper, but I only see my boot animation for like 20 seconds once a week at the most.

    • Bronislav Shtrom


      • Cherokee4Life

        Honestly, Once I started changing my boot animation I reboot my phone like every other day just to see it.

        • Bronislav Shtrom

          I guess if you do that it would work. I still think it needs to be a live wallpaper or a full featured companion

    • Leonardis

      I feel once you start obsessing about a lo res boot animation it's time to give up lol

  • Michael Pahl

    is this thing in like 380p? its tiny.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii


      • Michael Pahl

        Its a boot animation for ants.

  • Confused

    "but certain companies are still releasing exclusive iOS apps" This is kinda sad since I've seen products that looked nice and that I may have spent money on until I see that it's not available on Android. I think to myself by only developing for Apple your losing quite a bit of money on this product. And then I move on and find something that does work for me.

    • MrWicket

      110% agree, they are limiting themselves to half the market they could cover.. why sell to only 40% of the share when it could be 90% adding Android.. heck get BB and WP in there and cover all 100%. I'm rounding percentages out of course.

      • Leonardis

        They are simply going where the money is. Quantity certainly does not guarantee quality...

  • Garrett Bridges

    I would seriously pay an obscene amount of money for a legit, Paul Bettany-voiced Jarvis companion on my phone. Alarm, weather, notifications, etc. It would be magnificient.

    • Leonardo Farage Freitas

      I think Google should hire him to dub the voices for Google Now! It would be the most epic epicness can get!

  • Toinou

    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is great, don't you dare!

  • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

    After Ingres.... Jarvis isn't the same anymore.... I'm glad that entity turned into 13 pieces and the body about to be found and taken by the Resistance to shut him up.

  • Cat Astrophy

    Meh unless you're booting into a Iron Man themed launcher it's tacky

    • Leonardis

      Totally agree... Tacky and cheesy... And adds zero value.

  • MrWicket

    "Android is now the undisputed champion of mobile marketshare, but certain companies are still releasing exclusive iOS apps..." yep, drives me crazier than it should I'm sure but it seriously grinds my gears.. oh well I guess.

  • David Redpath

    Sweet, better than my attempt at a Halloween Live Wallpaper http://bit.ly/HplBNF

  • Notifier

    Link of the zip is broken!

  • Chris Vandling

    Can android user get this app yet?