Google recently released the developer preview version of Android 13. Now a DIYer 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 an evolutionary leap in terms of security and stability. However, it’s also a great mobile operating system for pushing Android smartphones into the powerful and capable world of virtual machines. Although Android OS users have been running virtual machines for a long time, there has been significant fragmentation.
Google is trying to use KVM to standardize the process. This should, in theory, help reduce, if not eliminate, excessive core fragmentation. The search giant calls the latest iteration, “Protected KVM” (pKVM). This iteration is supposed to be much more secure, and coming directly from Google, could be better in terms of reliability and stability.
Android and web developer kdrag0n managed to boot Windows 11 inside a virtual machine that he configured on a Google Pixel 6 smartphone. He relied heavily on the KVM feature that is available in the build. Android 13 developer preview.
It is important to note that with virtual machines it is possible to set up an environment to boot a variety of operating systems. The version kdrag0n seems to be running is not Windows on ARM (WoA). Instead, it appears to be the standard edition available for Intel or AMD processors. Simply put, a DIYer seems to have booted 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 sufficient RAM could eventually run the standard edition of Windows 11.