You can run Windows 11 on your phone thanks to Android 13

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TL; DR

  • A developer has managed to run Windows 11 Arm in a virtual machine on his Pixel 6.
  • This would be possible thanks to Android 13’s improved support for virtualization.

Android 13 doesn’t seem like a major upgrade at first glance, offering a secure photo picker, themed icons, and new Wi-Fi permission. alternative operating systems such as Windows 11 in a virtual machine (VM).

Web and Android app developer Danny Lin, going through the Twitter handle kdrag0n, showed Windows 11 Arm running in a virtual machine on a Google Pixel 6. The phone was indeed running the Android 13 DP1 update. Check out the screenshots in a tweet below.

Lin adds that Windows 11 was “really usable” despite not having GPU hardware acceleration support. In fact, he even posted a video showing Doom running on the Windows 11 virtual machine. You can check that out below.

Windows 11 wasn’t the only operating system the developer ran on the Pixel 6, as it also showed off various Linux distros booting up on the device.

So how is this possible? Well, Esper editor and former XDA Developers editor Mishaal Rahman explains that Android 13 on the Pixel 6 supports a new virtualization framework. His explanation is detailed in a long blog post here, but basically Google is working hard on creating a better virtualization framework that should work on a variety of Android devices.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Windows 11 Arm running on Android phones either. A community called Renegade Project has previously ported Microsoft’s Windows 10 Arm and Windows 11 Arm to Snapdragon 845 devices, to begin with. But this latest development is still very interesting to see, and we hope the VM road will be more accessible and better down the line.

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