Google released the very first Android 13 developer preview earlier this week; it came out as a big surprise for its users. Multiple new features are seen in this version. However, we are still counting on seeing many other changes to the OS. One of the key features is the mainline module that helps in standardizing the functioning of virtual machines along with improving their performance. On the Android 13 developer preview, it’s feasible to run several Linux distributions and even full-fledged Windows 11 on a Pixel 6. Kdrag0n reports that Windows 11 is completely useable on their Pixel 6 after some tweaking. The platform released a video demonstrating how efficiently and smoothly the virtual environment operates. Of course, if you’re feeling very adventurous, you can play a round of Doom.
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These accomplishments have a complicated technical underpinning. In a long technical blog article, Esper.io’s Mishaal Rahman explains the subtleties of virtual machines on Android. He also explained what we can expect from them in the future; but the idea is this: Virtual machines on Android are in a state of disarray. Google is beginning to focus on the issue with Android 13 to make things more uniform.
To begin, Google has developed a new virtualization framework and released the pKVM (protected kernel virtualization mechanism). It provides the groundwork for standardized VM support.
For this, Google is relying on earlier work. It’s migrating Chrome OS’ crosvm manager (used to run Linux programs on Chromebooks) to Android as a core module that can be updated separately from the rest of the system in the future.
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