What you need to know
- A developer has managed to get Windows 11 running on a Google Pixel 6 as a virtual machine.
- The feat is possible on the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro if they are running the developer preview of Android 13.
- As it turns out, Windows 11 on Android 13 can run Doom.
As you'd expect from any Pixel phone made by Google, the Pixel 6 runs Android. That doesn't mean, however, that people aren't trying to get it to run other operating systems for fun. A developer managed to get Windows 11 running as a virtual machine on the Pixel 6 that was on the Android 13 developer preview.
And here's Windows 11 as a VM on Pixel 6 https://t.co/0557SfeJtN pic.twitter.com/v7OIcWC3AbAnd here's Windows 11 as a VM on Pixel 6 https://t.co/0557SfeJtN pic.twitter.com/v7OIcWC3Ab— kdrag0n (@kdrag0n) February 13, 2022February 13, 2022
The process to get Windows 11 running as a virtual machine on Android 13 is complicated. Android is built on the Linux kernel, allowing those with technical knowledge to get virtual machines of different operating systems onto devices running Android 13. XDA explains the ins and outs of the process.
Running Windows 11 as a virtual machine on Android 13 utilizes an exploit that has also been used to get multiple Linux distributions to run on the mobile OS.
Yes, it runs Doom (connecting to the phone's Windows VM from my computer for keyboard input) pic.twitter.com/6PORUnJk8mYes, it runs Doom (connecting to the phone's Windows VM from my computer for keyboard input) pic.twitter.com/6PORUnJk8m— kdrag0n (@kdrag0n) February 14, 2022February 14, 2022
For a bit of fun, kdrag0n ran Doom on the Pixel 6 running Windows 11 through a virtual machine. Running Doom on unusual hardware setups is a run-on joke in the development community. Playing Doom is a standard way to show off the fact that a device has been hacked to run something it was never intended to.
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