Have you ever wondered what happens when geeks and hackers get their hands on the latest technology? Well, Microsoft’s recent announcement of a preview for Windows 11 has sparked some interesting experiments. Among these experiments is the attempt to port the new Windows operating system to Android phones. While this usage may not be the intended purpose of Windows 11, it highlights the curiosity and ingenuity of developers in pushing boundaries.
Windows 11: Designed for PCs, but with Mobile Capabilities
Windows 11 is primarily designed for traditional PC platforms, such as desktops and laptops. However, Microsoft has also recognized the importance of the tablet market and offers support for ARM (Snapdragon) processors, as well as Intel or AMD x86 CPUs. This move has caught the attention of some developers, who have successfully installed the operating system on powerful smartphones, particularly those equipped with Snapdragon 845 and 855 chips. However, utilizing Windows 11 on mobile devices requires additional customization tools like UEFI Boot Mode.
Unleashing Windows 11 on Mobile Devices
In a project called “Renegade,” developers experimented with OnePlus 6T and Xiaomi Mi 8 phones. While they managed to run Windows 11 on these devices, it is important to note that many features of the operating system do not work as intended, and the phones cannot make calls. Since Windows 11 was not specifically designed for phones, projects like Renegade may not have significant development potential. Nonetheless, these experiments showcase the desire to explore the boundaries of technology.
Gustave Monce, yet another daring developer, took on the challenge of installing the Windows 11 preview on the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, a Windows Phone. Through his efforts, he managed to make the device capable of making calls, sending and receiving messages, by porting the Windows 10 Mobile drivers. This achievement demonstrates the ingenious ways in which developers can repurpose technology to fulfill new functions.
Windows 11 Finds Its Way to Raspberry Pi 4
Not stopping at smartphones, Windows 11 has also made its way to the Raspberry Pi 4, a popular single-board computer. This opens up exciting possibilities for hobbyists and developers who want to experiment with Microsoft’s latest operating system on a variety of devices. However, it’s worth noting that some computers may require adjustments to UEFI/BIOS mode to support Windows 11 fully.
As technology enthusiasts continue to push boundaries and explore new frontiers, we can only anticipate what other surprising feats lie ahead. While these experiments may not result in fully functional solutions, they do highlight the drive for innovation and the boundless curiosity that propels the tech community forward. Windows 11 on Android phones and beyond may remain within the realm of tinkering for now, but who knows what the future holds?
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