When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Here’s how it works.

Windows 11 booted on Google Pixel 6 using Kernel-based Virtual Machine in Android 13

A screenshot of the Windows 11 taskbar

Google recently released the Android 13 developer preview version. Now, a tinkerer has managed to use the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) feature to successfully boot Microsoft Windows 11 on a Google Pixel 6 smartphone.

Android 13 is quite an evolutionary leap in terms of security and stability. However, it is also a great mobile operating system to push Android smartphones into the powerful and capable world of Virtual Machines. Although Android OS users have long been running Virtual Machines, there has been extensive fragmentation.

Google is attempting to use KVM to standardize the process. This should, in theory, help reduce or even eliminate, excessive kernel fragmentation. The search giant is calling the latest iteration, "protected KVM" (pKVM). This iteration is supposed to be a lot more secure, and coming directly from Google, could be better in terms of reliability and stability.

Android and web developer kdrag0n has managed to get Windows 11 to boot inside a Virtual Machine that he set up on a Google Pixel 6 smartphone. He has extensively relied on the KVM feature which is available in the Android 13 developer preview version.

It is important to note with Virtual Machines, it is possible to set up an environment to boot a variety of operating systems. The version that kdrag0n seems to be running isn’t Windows on ARM (WoA). Instead, it appears to be the standard edition which is available for Intel or AMD processors. Simply put, a tinkerer seems to have booted regular Windows 11 on an Android smartphone by setting up a VM environment.

Windows 11 has an ARM edition. But, with Google bringing KVM to Android with Android 13, smartphones (and tablets) with powerful chipsets and ample RAM could eventually run the standard edition of Windows 11.

Source: TechSpot

Report a problem with article
The Ubuntu logo on a grey and orange wallpaper
Next Article

Gigabyte servers will be certified for use with Ubuntu Server

nft & cryptocurrency
Previous Article

NFTs Worth $1.9M ‘seized' in tax fraud investigation a first for crypto-asset seizures

Join the conversation!

Login or Sign Up to read and post a comment.

16 Comments - Add comment