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VMware Shows Android-based Virtual Machines - 2 instances of Android on 1 Phone

Interesting presentation at CES - have 2 instances of Android on 1 device.

http://www.informationweek.com/byte/news/personal-tech/smart-phones/232301536

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matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 9, 2012 at 22:50

Interesting...on a developer level, could this pretty much end fragmentation? I mean you could just, for example, run Android 5.0 virtually over the top of Android 4.0...I guess it depends how smooth and fast the virtual OS is...

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 9, 2012 at 23:04

Interesting...on a developer level, could this pretty much end fragmentation? I mean you could just, for example, run Android 5.0 virtually over the top of Android 4.0...I guess it depends how smooth and fast the virtual OS is...

Yes!
VMware are pretty competent. So it really is a cool concept. Also to play with custom ROMS etc

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 9, 2012 at 23:11

True, if you brick a virtual machine you can just force close the app, fantastic! I'm loving the idea of this coming to fruition, did they mention a release date :)? Also, any idea how this is going to be implemented? I'm hoping it'll just be an app available from the market...something tells me it won't be so simple ;).

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 10, 2012 at 00:04

"We're aiming for mass market devices" said Razavi

Sounds like it'll be an app for all devices, but it's open to inerpretation at this point in time

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 10, 2012 at 07:48

I hope it is an app for all devices. It does sound like you'll need a fair amount of processing power, RAM and GPU power to smoothly run Android in a virtual environment though. Android isn't exactly known for its light resource usage haha :p.

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