Windows on your watch: This developer got Windows 7 using on Android Wear

May 13, 2016 - running watch

Some matches were never meant to be, yet try revelation that to YouTube user Hacking Jules. The jaunty Android developer installed Microsoft’s Windows 7 desktop handling complement on an LG G Watch smartwatch. The predicted result? A Frankensteinian software/hardware mashup that’s as monstrous as we competence imagine.

Setting aside for a impulse that Windows 7 really wasn’t designed for devices as tiny as a 1.8-inch G Watch (indeed, in Hacking Jules’ video, it’s roughly unfit to make out shortcuts on a desktop), opening is objectively awful. Windows takes a whopping 3 hours to boot, and registers touches usually seconds at a time. Given the G Watch’s low-end silicon — a single-core Snapdragon processor, 4GB of inner storage, and a measly 512 MB of RAM — that’s not accurately surprising.

Related: This cunning penetrate turns an Android Wear device into an Apple Watch

For those who feel compelled (out of boredom? Pursuit for internet karma?) to follow Hacking Jules’ great footsteps, he’s posted a minute educational on just how he achieved his considerable attainment of Windows program engineering. Be forewarned, though, that many of a methods concerned need during slightest some familiarity with Android’s growth collection and a Windows authority line.

The Windows 7 penetrate is usually a latest in what’s turn a bizarre tradition: shoehorning apps onto Android Wear devices. Just final month, an courageous programmer ported rival first-person shooter mod Counterstrike to a LG G Watch, following successful efforts by others to foot Minecraft Pocket Edition, Doom, and gaming console emulators for a Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. Developers have gotten cinema using on Android Wear inclination too, and even bone-fide installations of Macintosh II OS and Windows 95.

Apple’s wearables aren’t immune to such shenanigans, either. In February, a cunning immature developer ported iOS 4.2.1 to an Apple Watch, and some-more recently, developer Nick Lee managed to implement a 20-year-old System 7. Neither, as we competence expect, run quite well.

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