Today some mind-blowing news emerged from XDA, reputed site known for customizing and modding the Android platform with thousands of developers who are always trying to break the limits of the mobile handsets. Today’s news involves the known Asus Zenfone 2, aka the world’s first 4GB RAM phone. A website developer called ‘ycavan’ posted a video of the phone running Windows 7, followed by the procedure that he performed to run it.
One of the biggest attractions of Android has always been its open-source characteristics that enable the more savvy users to customize it in their own ways. The ability of the Zenfone 2 to run Windows system also can be attributed to the fact that Intel SoC on the Zenfone 2 which is fairly compatible with Windows. With a custom kernel and some modifications it runs quite smoothly, something that would be difficult for a conventional ARM SoC.
As you can see in the video the Zenfone 2 runs the software easily and quite smooth, maybe more so than we would ever imagine from a hack. The process is of flashing the OS is fairly complex and not meant for everyone as it involves first unlocking the bootloader, then a specific kernel compiled for the OS, partitioning the SD card, and then some terminal commands… and then more.
The developer also states that other Windows distributions such as the newest Windows 10 can be installed with the same procedure and should work equally well. The option is quite interesting no matter how you love Android, you might have imagined how it would be to have a proper desktop OS running on your smartphone. And now we can finally see this as a possibility!
What do you think about this home-hack, are we nearing the age of cross-compatibility where OSes nearly don’t matter?