Just when you thought smartphones couldn’t get any smarter, or cooler, here comes an idea that will be awesome to see in action. VMware is working with LG to on smartphones that will run Android (oops, pardon the sacrilege here) and be ‘virtualized’. As in, they will run two separate operating systems, allowing users to […]
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Cool Things: VMware Planning Virtualized Smartphones

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Just when you thought smartphones couldn’t get any smarter, or cooler, here comes an idea that will be awesome to see in action. VMware is working with LG to on smartphones that will run Android (oops, pardon the sacrilege here) and be ‘virtualized’. As in, they will run two separate operating systems, allowing users to switch between a work and personal OS / setup.

The companies believe virtualization can provide separation between work and personal applications and data, solving many of the smartphone management problems caused by end users who want to connect personal phones to work systems.

The technology will work much like a server or desktop hypervisor. A user’s personal e-mail and applications would run natively on the Android phone, while a guest operating system contains the employee’s work environment. The devices would also have two phone numbers.

If this works well, it should have great appeal in the corporate and enterprise markets, and VMware is already seeing the need when they talk to corporates.

“The end user computing model is changing dramatically. There are a lot more devices coming into the enterprise,” says Srinivas Krishnamurti, senior director of mobile technology for VMware. “When we talk to CIOs, they say the diversity is quite problematic and it’s hard to figure out how to best support employees. A lot of enterprises want to support employee-owned phones, but are concerned about security and manageability of corporate content.”

Here’s one of the coolest things about the virtualization approach:

Users who buy virtualization-enabled phones may not even notice the hypervisor. “It’s just another app,” Krishnamurti says.

Although Android is the first choice for VMware on this initiative, they are keen to bring it to other mobile platforms as well. Here’s hoping Apple takes a good, long look at this for iOS.

What do you reckon? Would a virtualized smartphone, with an OS for business use and another for personal use, be something you would benefit from?

News Via: Computerworld

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