Lumia 950 XL could get a new life with Harmony OS


The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL was one of the best Lumia devices Microsoft has ever produced – and also one of the last. The device was launched in 2015 and featured great build quality, an AMOLED screen, a 20 MP main camera, and a powerful Snapdragon 810 chipset. However, the worst thing about this phone was its OS, Windows 10 Mobile.

Windows Mobile 8.1 was probably the only good version of this doomed OS, and what I’ve always wished for is to give Nokia’s or Microsoft’s good hardware a second life (or a chance). Now that seems possible with Huawei’s Harmony OS, but you need some hacking skills.

A Chinese video blogger has uploaded a video of a Microsoft Lumia 950 XL running a sideloaded Harmony OS kernel. The kernel is derived from the OpenHarmony OS library and successful software debugging is the only thing seen in the video.

Well, this doesn’t mean anything special for 950 XL owners, but if someone wants to play a bit further, maybe the whole Harmony OS or another OS could be loaded onto the late smartphone.
One thing I’d like to see is the ability to install Sailfish on Nokia devices. The ideal would be the Nokia 8.3 5G, and my dream of reuniting ex-Nokia devices would be fulfilled.

If you like Nokia Lumia 950XL, check out a nice camera comparison with Nokia XR20 that Abdulla did a year ago.

Lumia 950 VS Nokia XR20 Camera comparison (Video)

Via: HuaweiCentral | Source: bilibili