Windows 95 lives again! On a Samsung Gear Live smartwatch?

Here’s something you don’t see every day – or any day really. There appear to be no limits to the reaches of technological accomplishment. For that one person out there wondering if they would ever be able to run Windows 95 on their Android Wear smartwatch, in this case, specifically the Samsung Gear Live, the answer is, "yes, almost."

When you think about what is under the hood of that little watch, it actually proves to be a perfect platform for a legacy desktop operating system like the much maligned Windows 95.

This wizardry is made possible thanks to aDosBox, an Android app that functions as an emulator, in this case allowing an x86 OS to operate an ARM-based architecture. Taking the small 1.6-inch display out of the equation for the moment, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage is more power than what was common on a desktop PC 20 years ago.

One would think that the super small screen would not lend itself to easy manipulation of the cursor, and you would be correct, but looking at the video below, we must say that we were impressed with how things operated overall. The resolution of the display made things look a bit garbled, but if you have any memory of using Windows 95, it could be simply the OS misbehaving. In fact, Windows 95 continued to live up to its image with warning messages, slow operation, and system freezes.

No practical use will come from this, but we still think it’s pretty cool.



source: SmartWatch Apps

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15 Comments

1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Saw it earlier. And that watch got much more intresting. You can browse websites too :)

3. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

I have Wear Internet Browser for my LG G Watch and it's pretty funny typing, actually-you swipe to see the next part of the keyboard :) Luckily there is a button that lets you use your voice...

5. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

after working with windows server 2008, I've gotten used to this crappy interface.

10. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Its 2014, anything can happen.

2. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

So freakin' awesome. Pretty nice touch user interface too.

4. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Still better than an iWatch.

9. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

It's, a lot better than an iwatch

6. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Microsoft should jump on this straight away for their smartwatches LOL

7. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Calm down people, we all know this was just a proof of concept exercise. Samsung would never release Windows 95 on their Gear, there's no USB support. They're going to release it with Windows ME.

8. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Useful if you plug in an exterior hard drive via micro USB.

11. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

I remember my IBM from 1995 had 4MB of ram and a pentium 75

12. g2a5b0e unregistered

"WIndows 95 seems to run out of RAM after opening any applications..." Well...that was fun. What pointless thing can we do next?

13. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Wait, Gear live run tizen OS and not Android wear, no?

14. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Gear Live = Android Wear. Gear = Tizen

15. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Impressive. The screen resolution and processor are about equivalent to a computer that would've run Windows 95...

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