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VMware Demos Two Operating Systems On Mobile Phone 52

Posted by timothy
from the for-both-your-personalities dept.
nk497 writes "Virtualisation firm VMware has demonstrated its new mobile virtualisation platform, which allows two operating systems to be used at the same time on a single device. On stage at its European conference, VMware reps used a touchscreen Nokia N800 — more of a tablet computer than a phone — with a prototype of its hypervisor to boot and run both Windows CE and Google's Android, at the same time. The firm has yet to announce when such tech will be found in phones."
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VMware Demos Two Operating Systems On Mobile Phone

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  • The opposite of news (Score:3, Informative)

    by TheRaven64 (641858) on Wednesday February 25, 2009 @03:18PM (#26986071) Journal

    The N800 is not a mobile phone. It doesn't have any kind of radio capable of communicating with the cellular network. This is just virtualization of a generic ARM device.

    Is virtualization of ARM new? Not really, the first time I saw it done was at the XenSummit in early 2007, when Samsung had a Xen-based hypervisor running on an ARM handheld. So, well done VMWare, you've done something that isn't what the headline says and was first done at least two years ago by one of your competitors.

    If we're talking about a consumer-grade shipping product, then it's a different matter, but a demonstration is underwhelming. And didn't VMWare demo this about six months ago?

  • by Captain Spam (66120) on Wednesday February 25, 2009 @03:22PM (#26986109) Homepage

    [...] so all that is needed is for someone to make an Android emulator.

    The Android SDK comes with a development emulator for Windows, Linux, and OS X. Does the job quite nicely, I'd say.

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