Developer boots Windows 11 on a phone and it surprisingly scales well

Windows 11 on phone

Microsoft’s Windows 11 has been optimized for multiple form
factors and it seems to work great on laptops/tablets with
touch screens, thanks to the new in-built tablet mode and
significantly improved gestures experience.

The first preview
build 22000.51 of Windows 11 is now officially available
for desktops with Intel, AMD and ARM (Snapdragon) processors in
the Windows Insider program’s dev channel. Thanks to the beta
build, a developer has now managed to install Windows 11 on
Windows Phone to show how well it scales to a mobile form
factor.

Developer Gustave Monce
managed to compile an ARM build of Windows 11 using the UUP
images and successfully installed the operating system on a
Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, a device that was released in 2015 with
Windows 10 Mobile and discontinued in 2016/2017 due to the app
gap problem.

Although Windows 11 is officially designed for
tablets/desktops, the upcoming operating system scales well on
a mobile form factor. Lumia 950 XL, which features a 5.7-inch
display, is able to boot the new Windows and it fits wells.

The Start Menu works, animations are intact and Windows 11
responds well to the smaller form factor, as you can see in the
above and below images, but plenty of work still needs to be
done.

The developer has also managed to enable cellular connectivity
in Windows 11 by manually porting drivers from Windows 10
Mobile and Windows 10 on ARM project. This hack brings calling
and messaging support to desktop OS.

Windows 11 apparently comes with dedicated settings to manage
cellular connectivity on Snapdragon-powered Always Connected
PCs, but it also works on Windows Phones.

Windows 11 on Lumia

Windows 11 is essentially Windows 10 and it takes a lot of
inspiration from Microsoft’s cancelled Windows 10X while still
retaining the look and feel of Windows. The live tiles are
gone, but icons have been optimized for touch input.

It’s also worth noting that Microsoft is not working on a
mobile version of Windows 11. The official documentation has
confirmed the operating system works on devices with a 9-inch
display only and this may mean that the company is not planning
on using it for mobile form-factor touch screen devices.

While this project may not be ideal, it’s an impressive feat
and it proves that the Lumia 950XL can still run new operating
systems.

Some developers have been also trying to bring Windows on ARM
to flagship Android smartphones, but these efforts are in their
early stages and we don’t know when it would be possible to run
Windows 11 or Windows 11 on Android phones.

According to Microsoft, Windows 11 devices will be released
later this year ahead of the holiday season, with
some reports suggesting rollout could happen as early as
October 20.

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