The first developer preview of Android 13 unveiled last week didn’t seem all that impressive to many. However, it is not without interesting innovations, one of which was the KVM hypervisor that adds new virtualization-related features to the operating system. This was exploited by an enthusiast known by the name kdrag0nwhich has managed to run Windows 11 and several Linux distributions on a Google Pixel 6 smartphone.
According to reports, kdrag0n first successfully tested several Linux distributions on the Pixel 6 smartphone, which launched in Android 13 thanks to the new KVM hypervisor. According to him, this approach performs well. The enthusiast didn’t stop there and managed to run the ARM version of Windows 11 on a smartphone with the same KVM hypervisor.
Since Google has only released the first developer preview of Android 13, it’s hard to say exactly what virtualization will look like in the stable version of the platform. In addition, it is currently not known exactly for what purposes new virtualization functions have appeared in the operating system.
This is hardly because the developers want to give users the option of running on Windows or Linux smartphones. More likely, the KVM hypervisor is used to improve kernel security and run various code (such as third-party code for DRM, cryptography, and other proprietary binaries) outside of Android.