what you need to know
- YouTuber Mark Spurrell turned his Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 into a Windows Phone for a recent video.
- He completed the transformation using two launchers running side by side.
- The phone still runs Android, but it looks like a Windows Phone when closed and a Windows PC when open.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is one of the most popular mobile devices out there. How to make a folding flagship even better? Make it a Windows Phone, of course. That’s exactly what YouTuber Mark Spurrell did with his Galaxy Z Fold 4.
Now, as you probably suspected, Spurrell didn’t hack Windows Phone into a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4. Instead, the device runs a highly customized launcher on top of Android. In fact, he actually uses two launchers to complete the look. The outer screen uses Square Home, which creates a Metro-inspired interface. The larger folding screen uses Win-X Launcher.
Those who don’t have a flip phone may not know that devices typically can’t use two separate launchers. Spurrell got around this limitation with a Bixby Routine.
The full setup looks better than you might expect. The outer screen looks like a Windows Phone 8.1 device, Metro theme and all. The icons are reminiscent of the Windows Phone days, and there’s even Live Tile-like functionality. Spurrell shows off the power of Square Home Launcher, which supports swiping an icon to perform a task like opening the camera app.
When opened, the Windows 11-inspired launcher has a Start menu, taskbar, and desktop icons. It also has a full panel of notifications and quick settings, much like Windows 11 on a PC.
While it’s not a Windows Phone revival, it’s the closest anyone has come in a long time.