Verizon and Telefonica to Offer Virtualized Android Phones; In Deal with VMware [Video]

October 19, 2011, By Leo Xavier

Verizon and Telefonica have announced that they will start offering Android handsets that will run VMware’s mobile hypervisor in the near future. This will make them the first operators to offer VMware’s mobile virtualization products on phones that will be available on their network. VMware has already signed deals with both the operators.

Both the operators haven’t given out any hints regarding the exact launch dates or pricing of the devices. But we do know that the service will be available in the coming months.

At the moment, LG and Samsung are the only two handset manufacturers who have announced their support of VMware’s technology.


In case you are wondering what this is all about, VMware’s software will be very useful for employees who want to combine their work phone and their personal phone. Users will find two profiles on their devices: one for business use and one for personal use.

This will be useful for isolating enterprise apps from apps available on the open Android Market that could be malicious in nature.

According to Steve Herrod, CTO for VMware, the operators will be coming up with slightly different offerings.

While Telefonica will be offering two phone numbers for one device, one for business use and the other for personal use, Verizon will only allow one phone number on its service. This is because of Verizon’s network technology.

Verizon will offer the service initially on LG phones, while Telefonica will initially provide it with the Samsung Galaxy SII. The phone manufacturers will have to put the hypervisor onto the devices before they hit store shelves.

Check out the video to learn more about the service and be sure to comment about it below.

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