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VMware working on dual-OS smartphone virtualization

updated 04:50 pm EST, Mon December 7, 2009

VMware to out dual-OS virtualization for phones

VMware is developing virtualization software for smartphones that would see two profiles running on the same device at the same time. VMware sees a work and personal profile running on a phone at the same time, as opposed to giving users a choice of dual-booting into one or the other. The idea is to have users switch between the two quickly with the press of a button.

While VMware programmers are still deciding on details such as how to switch between apps or identify phone calls, they have plenty of ideas. The former could be addressed by clicking specific buttons confined to one OS or the other, while the latter may be as simple as having a dedicated ringtone for calls coming into the work line and calls in the personal line.

Such a dual OS would be beneficial to smartphone owners, as they are using the devices more like PCs. VMWare believes this means that the same issues that apply to PCs, including security concerns and management costs, will therefore soon plague smartphones as well. Having a single device with a dual OS setup would also be less costly and more convenient to employees who are required to carry a smarpthone for work purposes.

VMWare has successfully demonstrated both Android and Windows Mobile working on a last-generation smartphone with 128MB of RAM, though admits 256MB of RAM would be ideal.

VMWare is now working with a US and European wireless carrier on prototype phones and enterprise beta testing due to start in 2011, with mass production of such devices due to start in 2012. The company is also seeking an Australian carrier to partner with on this undertaking.

On the other hand, Microsoft believes there is little to no market for virtualization software on smartphones. Reasons for this include less productivity as each OS has different information and contacts. [via ComputerWorld]

Written by Paul Rachwal

By Electronista Staff


  1. ebeyer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2004


    How long..

    How long before the iPhone store rejects this app for
    changing the user experience?

  1. Marook

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    Joined: May 1999


    You GOTTA be kidding - Right?

    Is it easter already or 1. of april???

    This is the most stupid thing I have ever heard about!
    Why would I want a phone to run TWO OS's at the same time, having to deal with double storage (and SYNC!) of two phones to my computer address book? How about mail, and all the rest?

    IF the phone as support to two SIM cards or even a dual-number SIM card, then I guess the native OS can handle the management of two numbers as well...
    My god! This lame thinking is NEVER gonna get us to Mars!

  1. undead

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    Joined: Dec 2009



    Sounds very good! I always hoping for running different OS in my smartphone, with the capabilities of snapshots etc like the normal version of virtual machines will be great. But if its just dual booting then its a little bit pointless.

    I think its perfect for developers. Will wait eagerly for the next update from VMWare, I think it has lotsa potential.

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