If you thought Microsoft Lumia 520 and Lumia 525 are only meant to run on Windows-based operating systems, well, you will be in for a shocker.
Apparently, the two Microsoft phones have been discovered to be compatible with Android Marshmallow OS. This news comes after Microsoft recently admitted that it has a universal back-door key associated with its operating system. With this key, which seems to have leaked to the wild, tech savvy users can basically unlock the bootloaders of any device that is protected by the Redmond Company’s Secure Boot feature. The devices in question here are smartphones and tablets.
In case you didn’t know, unlocking the bootloader of any smartphone or tablet will give you access to a wide range of capabilities. One of these capabilities, as for the group on Android, for instance, is flashing custom ROMs onto the device. This has moved over to the Lumia 520 and Lumia 525 handsets, which have now been shown to run on Android Marshmallow.
Microsoft Lumia 520 and Lumia 525 come preinstalled with Windows Phone 8.0, with room to upgrade to the newer v8.1. However, an XDA Developers member has come out with a video that shows off the Lumia 525 phone running on the Marshmallow OS. Given the similarities in hardware configurations between the Lumia 525 and Lumia 520, a fellow XDA member pointed out that the same should also work with the latter handset. However, there might be some stability issues on the 512MB RAM of the Lumia 520.
Even though the new trick will see the Lumia 525 installed with the latest version of Android Marshmallow, essentials such as Wi-Fi, modem and even virtual buttons and sound have to yet to start working properly. This could possibly be fixed with a few tweaks here and there.
You can head over to the XDA-Developers forum for more details about this Android Marshmallow ROM project for the Lumia 525 and Lumia 520.