Who said it’s impossible to install Android Marshmallow on a smartphone running on Windows 8.1? A hacker has demonstrated that the Lumia 525, a phone that Microsoft has released in January 2014, can boot Marshmallow, but Triszka Balázs has specified only that he has a “reset vector exploit only for S4 SOC series”, without mentioning what exploit he used.
More than a week ago, Microsoft leaked the “Golden Key” to Windows devices, so every user with administrator rights who possessed them could load Android OS, or even Linux, onto a restricted Windows device, including a Windows Phone, Windows RT tablet, or, why not, the HoloLens headset. This exploit was not a big deal on PCs, because users were able to disable Secure Boot in the BIOS, as this was supported by the motherboards.
Triszka Balázs hasn’t said if he used this exploit or another, but he promised that he will bring a developer preview in a week or two, allowing more Windows Phone users to install Android on their devices. You can see the 2-minute video of the Lumia 525 runnin on Marshmallow below:
The hacker has added that it took him months to make all drivers work on the Lumia 520/525. If you’re interested in buying this phone, then replace Windows 8.1 with Marshmallow, here are some things you should know about the Lumia 525. The phone has a glossy plastic back available in Black, White, Yellow or Red colors, it measures 119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm and it weights 124 grams.
Its display is an IPS LCD with a diagonal of 4-inch, which supports 480 x 800 pixels at 233ppi, which is protected by a scratch-resistant glass, and inside, it houses a Qualcomm MSM8227 chipset that’s powered by a dual-core 1.0 GHz processor and supports only 1GB of RAM. It has an internal memory of 8GB, but the storage can be expanded up to 64GB using a microSD card. There’s only one camera of 5MP and it’s sitting on the back, while the battery is removable and has a capacity of 1430 mAh.