VMworld 2009: VMware looks to virtualize mobile phones

Virtualization goes mobile

In Wednesday’s VMworld 2009 keynote Steve Herod discussed VMware’s plans to extend virtualization into the mobile phone space. While at first it seemed odd to me to virtualize such small iron after seeing the demo I saw how it could be useful. Virtualization could be used to give your mobile phone multiple personalities. For instance, one personality could be for work and another could be used for home. Each personality complete with their phones number and customizations.

In the demo Steve and his demo partner Mike demonstrated using mobile phone virtualization to seamlessly combine applications from different mobile platforms. In the demo they showed a Fusion like capability of seamlessly running an Android application on a Windows Mobile phone. Then they showed Android running in mobile device VM.

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