At first glance, Android 13 doesn’t look like a major upgrade over Android 12. It brings new Wi-Fi permission, a secure photo picker, themed icons, but a notable upgrade on the list is the ability to run Windows 11 on a virtual machine.
The news was shared by Android app developer Danny Lin, who shared a tweet with a Google Pixel 6 running Windows 11 in a virtual machine. The phone had Android 13 Developer Preview 1.
Check out the screenshots below.
And here is Windows 11 as a VM on Pixel 6 https://t.co/0557SfeJtN pic.twitter.com/v7OIcWC3Ab
— kdrag0n (@kdrag0n) February 13, 2022
Lin says Windows 11 is easily usable, even though it doesn’t support hardware GPU acceleration. The developer even shared a video of the Google Pixel 6 running Doom on the Windows 11 VM.
Boot Windows, log in, use a little pic.twitter.com/r1ws0WFxOg
— kdrag0n (@kdrag0n) February 14, 2022
The best part is that Windows 11 isn’t the only operating system that can run Android 13. The developer also showed a few Linux distributions that booted on the device.
Google has made this possible with a new virtualization framework that runs on Android 13. XDA Developers chief editor Mishal Rahman has explained this in detail on his blog, but the short answer is that Google is putting a lot of work into improving its virtualization framework that will eventually run on various Android devices.
This means that the ability to run other operating systems on Android is not limited to just Pixel phones. But don’t bet just yet, because Android 13 won’t arrive until the end of the year and will be rolled out to non-Pixel phones next year.
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