At Mobile World Congress 2011, VMware and LG's virtualized Android OS demo. The speed of the transition from the owner's OS to the virtualized OS is nothing short of amazing considering it's all running from the device's SD card.
The potential in the work world are pretty impressive: an employer can simply provision and add the new OS replete with all the security policies, remote wipe capability, security, VPN config, mail settings, and all that magic. VMware sure has started with Android and LG, but there's apparently nothing holding them back from offering this on any smartphone platform.
Watch the video below:
The ability to run a second Android instance inside your already-running Android OS isn't just for dividing work and play; the system that VMware's cooked up is secure enough to be functional for enterprise use. While inside the VM, all data is encrypted, and the whole thing can be externally or even remotely managed. The idea of a managed system might dredge up bad memories of using an enterprise-managed BlackBerry, but the upside in this case is that it's not your whole phone -- just a VM that's stored on it.
Another nice thing about this's that it won't necessarily have to kill off space you may otherwise use for personal apps, since according to the VMware rep in the video, the guest OS can be housed either internally or on the SD card, and the demo was running surprisingly fast off the SD card.
[tags]sd card,mwc,mobile world congress, [/tags]