[Update: More progress] Developer boots Windows 10 on ARM on the OnePlus 6T

[Update: More progress] Developer boots Windows 10 on ARM on the OnePlus 6T

Update 4/9/19: Timmer has shared more progress (below) on this crazy cool project. He was even able to run Call of Duty Modern Warfare on his OnePlus 6T.

Back in 2017, when Microsoft introduced a version of Windows 10 on devices powered by ARM chips, it sparked hopes about the potential of always-connected Windows laptops. Since then, Microsoft and Qualcomm have been collectively vouching for the game-changing benefits of these always-connected PCs. In October last year, the software giant also announced an SDK allowing developers to port their x86 apps for ARM64 chips. But little did we know that some developers would be a step ahead of Microsoft in terms of reaping the benefits of Windows 10 on ARM processors.

Bas Timmer, a software developer from the Netherlands, who goes by the alias NTAuthority has been fiddling with the ARM64 build of Windows 10 on devices with much smaller displays than typical always-connected Windows laptops like the Snapdragon 850-powered the Samsung Galaxy BOOK2 or the Lenovo Yoga 630 WOS. Lately, Timmer has been experimenting with Windows 10 on Android smartphones like the Google Pixel 3XL and their latest experiment was on a OnePlus 6T.

Besides booting Windows 10 on a OnePlus 6T, Timmer also managed to run into a blue screen of death (BSOD) error. Timmer shared no instructions about how to get your own “OnePlus 6T 🙁 Edition”, so it can be expected that trying to get your Android smartphone running on Windows might not be a very gratifying experience.

https://twitter.com/NTAuthority/status/1111654601370075141

The developer also noted that getting touch working on the OnePlus 6T will be fairly easy since the Samsung’s Super AMOLED display the 6T uses a Synaptics touchscreen controller. This is perhaps because many Windows laptops use trackpads developed by Synaptics. While Timmer did not share any glimpse of the Windows 10 desktop GUI, the idea of Windows running on a smartphone is utterly intriguing for anyone who cared about either Android smartphones or Windows or both. And the fact that that most of us would not want to use it on a daily basis does not make it any less exciting.

Lastly, we hope to many more Android devices running on Windows, courtesy of NTAuthority. If you have any special requests, you may try commenting on their tweets or reach out to them via any of their contact points listed on their website. As for the future of the always-connected laptops lies, we can expect 5G to propel their adoption. In the meantime, we also hope for such laptops to become capable of running power-hungry applications like photo and video editing or music composing.

Update: More Progress

First, we can see Windows 10 running on the OnePlus 6T with fully functional Windows Ink. The touchscreen responsiveness looks really good. Next, we can see Chromium up and running as well. The icing on the cake is Call of Duty Modern Warfare working on the OnePlus 6T. How cool is that? Give Timmer a follow on Twitter to follow the development of this project.

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