Run More than One OS on Your Phone

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topgear

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Over the last several days, the VMworld Europe conference has been taking place across the pond in Cannes. Along with a plethora of other virtualization demonstrations, VMWare came to show off its MVP, or Mobile Virtualization Platform.

MVP allows mobile devices to run multiple operating systems at once, creating a wholly unique experience for on-the-go users. For the debut, VMWare took a Nokia N800 Internet Tablet and loaded Windows CE 6.0 and Google's Android operating system. According to Julia Alston, who heads up the MVP team at VMWare, each operating system image is only 40 megabytes in size, and the MVP hypervisor is only 20K, leaving plenty of memory left over on one's smartphone or MID.


As for system resources, the MVP software can load one OS while using another. In a demo recorded by IT Pro over in Britain, Alston is playing solitaire in CE 6.0 while Android is loading up. Alston explains that one OS can be your "personal OS", while the other s used strictly for business purposes. When it comes to which OS makes and takes phone calls (assuming both operating systems have that functionality), that is also left up to the user, who can choose which OS stack is responsible.


Usually, we are stuck with whatever operating system a carrier decides to load onto a given phone, be it Symbian, Android, or Windows Mobile. With MVP, carriers and manufacturers can now give the customer a wide array of choices, including their own proprietary phone software. Plus, since these OS images take up so little space, a manufacturer won't be sacrificing performance for choice. This is great news for smartphone users everywhere. Every popular phone operating system has its pros and cons. With this new MVP hypervisor, the best hardware can always have the best software.

Source : http://www.tomsguide.com/us/VMWare-MVP-Mobile,news-3533.html

Take a look @ the demo : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNo6pn-dnSQ
 
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kapsicum

spice it up
dats a great news .... but i hope MVP can be used on Any handsets & not just High end Smartphones ...
thanks topgear
 

apoorva84

In the zone
great news.this way hopefully, we can know what other mobile operating systems have to offer without spending a fortune.
 

gxsaurav

You gave been GXified
1) How will we get other Mobile OS?
2) What use is it? Mobile phones are already limited when it comes to running applications due to limited RAM & CPU Power, so with this on..will there be any processing power left for virtual OS?
 

infra_red_dude

Wire muncher!
1) How will we get other Mobile OS?
2) What use is it? Mobile phones are already limited when it comes to running applications due to limited RAM & CPU Power, so with this on..will there be any processing power left for virtual OS?
At the moment, you can only get Android. For the end user, I do not see much application as of now but when there would be multiple apps or the user may wanna use two OS (one for work and another for say multimedia) I think this concept would be useful.

Regarding the resources, the test version was running on a 'powerful' Nokia N800 which is more like a small computer!
 

infra_red_dude

Wire muncher!
Well, you'll need to haf the flashing tools and also Android should haf the proper drivers. The main issue is that Android should run on the architecture of Nokia 3110c's CPU. If thats possible, then any OS can run on your phone!!!
 

hellgate

At Hell's Disq
i think 3110c wont hav enuf ram to run Android.as of now only a few HTC Win mos can run Android on top of the WM os.
 

Dark Core

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great_manish

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with a dosbox it is now possible to run windows on symbian phones !!
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by windows i mean .... wind 95 and win 98 !
 
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